Japan in the Settelment of the Situation on the Korean Peninsula

Publication type Article
Status Published
Occupation:  Assistant Professor, Japanese Language Department, Institute of Foreign Languages, Moscow City University
Affiliation: Moscow City University
Address: Russian Federation, Moscow
Journal nameAsia and Africa Today
EditionIssue 12

The article examines the role of Japan in the settlement of the situation on the Korean peninsula. The serious aggravation of relations between the United States and the DPRK in 2017 unexpectedly ended with the first ever US-North Korean summit in Singapore. The results of the summit are assessed ambiguously, but the very fact of direct contact between the leaders of the United States and the DPRK contributed to strengthening confidence between countries and easing tensions on the Korean peninsula. Remarkably, the change in rhetoric of Tokyo, which traditionally adheres to a rigid line with regard to the DPRK and considers maximum pressure the only way to achieve a result in relations with the North Korean regime. The question of the destruction of DPRK medium and short-range missiles that can hit targets on the territory of the country is of exceptional importance for Japan’s national security. The rapid development of the situation, the unpredictable policy of US President D.Trump aroused Tokyo’s fears that Washington could make a deal with the DPRK, allowing to preserve medium-range missiles in exchange for refusing to develop long-range ballistic missiles. In such circumstances, it would be very reckless to rely only on promises from its overseas ally. Therefore, on the eve of the meeting in Singapore, Prime Minister S.Abe expressed his desire to hold a summit meeting between Japan and the DPRK. The problem of normalization of relations with the DPRK will allow S.Abe not only to remove the threat to the national security of Japan, but also to strengthen the internal political positions, shaken in connection with corruption.

KeywordsJapan, DPRK, Republic of Korea, USA, Korean Peninsula, nuclear problem, security
Publication date20.12.2018
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