What Japan can and should do for the future of the Korean Peninsula ?
― Policy Options for Japan concerning the Korean Question
Dr. Kil Jeong-Woo
Chief Research Fellow, the Tokyo Foundation & Senior Roving Correspondent, JoongAng Ilbo
I. What Japan should do for now?
1. Assumption: what North Korea policy means for Japan?
North Korea policy can
・be a foundation for defining the future relationship with unified Korea.
・be a fresh starting point for Japan to reposition her diplomatic stance in East Asia and her relations with the U.S..
・provide an opportunity for Japan to demonstrate her capacity and positive image of reliable and responsible member in the international community.
2. Ten points to consider (Q & A)
Q-1: Should Japan clearly define her 'bottom line' in dealing with N.Korea and stick to it?
Ans.: No. Would better not.
Q-2: Is it smart for Japan to front-load the N.Korean missile threat in normalization talks with N.Korea?
Ans.: I don't think so.
Q-3: Should Japan be in a hurry normalizing relations with Pyongyang?
Ans.: No. Does not have to.
Q-4: Why the trilateral coordination and consultation mechanism (of the U.S., Japan, and S.Korea) is important?
Ans.: Past track record says it's the only working mechanism so far.