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Japan and the Korean Peninsula

This collection documents the interactions and dynamics between Japan and the two Koreas since 1945.

  • July 13, 1956

    Letter No. 5 from the President (Syngman Rhee) to Minister Duk Shin Choi

    In response to Minister Choi's previous report, President Rhee agrees to discussion on possible Vietnam-Korea trade for insam.

  • August 16, 1956

    Letter No. 11 from the President (Syngman Rhee) to Minister Duk Shin Choi

    President Rhee expresses concern for American support of Japan as well as the developing communist situation in Laos.

  • October 08, 1956

    Report No. 98 from Young Kee Kim to Syngman Rhee

    Young Kee Kim briefs President Rhee on the visit of Former Premier and Foreign Minister Moshe Sharett of Israel and the talk with Vice President Garcia on Korea-Japan relations.

  • October 19, 1956

    CDS Report No. 20 from Choi Duk Shin to the President (Syngman Rhee)

    Choi Duk Shin reports on his audience with President Diem, voices concern about the possibility of Japan being admitted into the United Nations, and briefly discusses recent Vietnamese internal dealings with the Chinese minority, and the possibility of Japanese reparations.

  • July 09, 1957

    Letter No. 74 from the President (Syngman Rhee) to Minister Duk Shin Choi

    President Rhee briefly responds to Choi's previous report on Korean publications in South Vietnam.

  • July 18, 1957

    CDS Report No. 48 from Choi Duk Shin to the President (Syngman Rhee)

    Choi Duk Shin reports on the greetings of the Prime Minister of Thailand, opinions on Japanese expansionism, and recent Vietnamese affairs.

  • July 18, 1957

    Letter No. 77 from the President (Syngman Rhee) to Minister Duk Shin Choi

    President Rhee briefly replies to Choi's previous report, commenting on Choi's discussion with foreign ambassadors.

  • July 26, 1957

    Letter No. 79 from the President (Syngman Rhee) to Minister Duk Shin Choi

    President Rhee responds briefly to Choi's previous report, commenting specifically on the dangers of Japan.

  • July 31, 1957

    Letter from Choi Duk Shin to Senator William F. Knowland

    Based on his recent travels, Choi Duk Shin offers three perspectives on the political thoughts of developing nations in Southeast Asia possess towards communism.

  • August 08, 1957

    Letter No. 84 from the President (Syngman Rhee) to Minister Duk Shin Choi

    President Rhee warns Choi about possible Japanese influence on U.S. dignitaries, listing past remarks as examples.

  • October 18, 1957

    CDS Report No. 59 from Choi Duk Shin to the President (Syngman Rhee)

    Choi Duk Shin reports on his discussions with Vietnam's President Diem and Foreign Minister and the dangers of Japan's economic involvement in the region.

  • November 08, 1957

    CDS Report No. 62 from Choi Duk Shin to the President (Syngman Rhee)

    Choi Duk Shin announces the denial of South Korea's admittance into the Colombo Plan, offers his opinions on the threat of Red China's interference in Asia, and reports on major events in South Vietnam.

  • November 15, 1957

    CDS Report No. 63 from Choi Duk Shin to the President (Syngman Rhee)

    Choi Duk Shin reports on President Diem's return from India, Japanese Prime Minister Kishi's upcoming tour of Southeast Asia, and recent Vietnamese events.

  • November 21, 1957

    Letter No. 99 from the President (Syngman Rhee) to Minister Duk Shin Choi

    President Rhee briefly responds to Choi's previous reported opinions on Korean unification and the threat of Red China and Japan.

  • November 22, 1957

    CDS Report No. 64 from Choi Duk Shin to the President (Syngman Rhee)

    Choi Duk Shin reports on Japanese Prime Minister Kishi's visit, the sharing of Korean culture in Saigon, and major events in South Vietnam and the surrounding region.

  • November 27, 1957

    Letter No. 100 from the President (Syngman Rhee) to Minister Duk Shin Choi

    President Rhee briefly responds to Choi's report, expressing disappointment in President Diem's recent engagement of India and Japan.

  • November 29, 1957

    CDS Report No. 65 from Choi Duk Shin to the President (Syngman Rhee)

    Choi Duk Shin reports on Japanese Premier Kishi's travels in Southeast Asia, the current situations in Thailand and Laos, and Malaya's fright against communism.

  • December, 1957

    Draft Letter from Mrs. Rhee to Minister in Vietnam

  • December, 1957

    Draft Letter from Choi Duk Shin to the President (Syngman Rhee)

    In this draft, Choi Duk Shin discusses the 'two-fold' threat of communism and Japanese expansionism in Asia, urging President Rhee to establish a solid collective security structure against these threats as soon as possible.

  • December 05, 1957

    Letter No. 101 from the President (Syngman Rhee) to Minister Duk Shin Choi

    President Rhee briefly responds to Choi's, expressing concern for the Laos and Philippine governments and remarking on President Diem's dealings with Japan.