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USKI Policy Brief: “Taiwan and Japan: The Good Neighbor Faces History Issues”

The Japanese islands are surrounded by a group of nations—Russia, South Korea, North Korea and China—where historic relations remain frayed, territorial disputes remain unresolved, and residual anger from harsh colonialism and past wars continue to sour relations. While Japan’s relations continue to deteriorate with China and South Korea over historical and territorial issues, the island of Taiwan stands out singularly as Japan’s good neighbor. ~ Dennis P. Halpin

2014 1024 Halpin - Taiwan Japan Neighbors_FinalIn recent years, Japan and Taiwan have pursued multiple bilateral cultural and economic projects despite unresolved historical issues from World War II. USKI Visiting Scholar Dennis P. Halpin discusses legacy of Japanese imperialism and Comfort Women as more than a bilateral challenge for Japan and South Korea, and suggests future Taiwan-Japan cooperation on historical topics could set a precedent for reconciliation in East Asia.

Download the USKI Policy Brief: “Taiwan and Japan: The Good Neighbor Faces History Issues,” by Dennis P. Halpin.

Dennis P. Halpin is a Visiting Scholar at the US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He is a former adviser on Asian issues to the US House Committee on Foreign Affairs. He served as a State Department Foreign Service officer in Taipei, Beijing, Seoul and Pusan.

The 20th Anniversary of the 1994 US-DPRK Agreed Framework

On the 20th Anniversary of the signing of the 1994 US-DPRK Agreed Framework, the US-Korea Institute at SAIS invites you to join us in a special program to remember the 1994 North Korean nuclear crisis, which brought about this historic agreement, and discussion of policy options for the US, South Korea and Japan for dealing with North Korea’s nuclear and WMD programs now and in the future.


  • Stephen Bosworth, Chairman, US-Korea Institute at SAIS, former KEDO Executive Director, US Ambassador to Republic of Korea
  • Robert Gallucci, former Ambassador At-Large and Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs
  • Sung-Joo Han,Chairman, International Policy Studies Institute of Korea (IPSIKOR), former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Korea
  • James Laney,  former US Ambassador to Republic of Korea
  • Yukio Takeuchi, former Justice, Supreme Court of Japan, former Vice Foreign Minister, Japan


  • Thomas Hubbard, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and US Ambassador to the Republic of Korea
  • Dan Poneman, former Senior Director for Non-Proliferation and Export Controls, National Security Council and Deputy Secretary of Energy
  • Gary Samore, Executive Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, White House Coordinator for Arms Control and Weapons of Mass Destruction
  • General Gary E. Luck, former Commander-in-Chief, United Nations Command (Korea)/Combined Forces Command/US Forces Korea

And moderated by Joel S. Wit, Senior Fellow, US-Korea Institute at SAIS, former Agreed Framework Coordinator

This program is free and open to the public and press. For more information to RSVP, visit here.