In This Review

Japan and Korea: The Political Dimension
Japan and Korea: The Political Dimension
By Chong-Sik Lee
Hoover Press, 1985, 247 pp.

This is the most thorough and thoughtful study of Japanese relations with South Korea yet to appear. Lee points out the paradoxical nature of the relationship: the countries are close both geographically and culturally; they are major trading partners; and cooperation between the two is increasingly important as the U.S. is pressuring both to assume more responsibility for their own defense. At the same time, the Japanese consistently list Korea among their least liked countries and Koreans similarly place Japan at the bottom of their list. Under such circumstances, says Lee, building an affinity between the two countries will require Herculean efforts.