A new horizon for Japan-Korea relations as the younger generations grow closer

A new horizon for Japan-Korea relations as the younger generations grow closer
Photo Credit To John Lin

The diplomatic relationship between Japan and Korea has been a long rocky path and is not getting any better. In fact, the two countries’ ties got even worse when South Korea compromised an agreement over the “comfort women”- South Korean women and girls forced during World War II to serve in Japanese military brothels.


It is without a doubt that the animosity between both countries is coming from difficult colonial history but contrary to popular belief, the young do not seem to care as much about colonialism.

In fact,polls suggest that young Japanese and South Koreans feel closer to each other than the older generation. The highest-selling foreign act in Japan last year was from a South Korean boyband, BTS. In South Korea, noir-ish detective novels by Keigo Higashino, a Japanese crime writer, was part of the three of the ten best-selling works of fiction. Furthermore, more South Koreans are visiting Japan every year while South Korea is becoming a prime destination for Japanese.

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