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Japan and the Korean Peninsula

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

  • December 06, 1957

    CDS Report No. 66 from Choi Duk Shin to the President (Syngman Rhee)

    Choi Duk Shin reports on Japanese PM Kishi's trip to Southeast Asia, the promotion of Korea-Vietnam cultural relations, the upcoming SEATO war maneuvers in Thailand, and other recent Vietnam and regional affairs.

  • December 19, 1957

    Draft Letter from Saigon Dated December 19 for Heads of State

    In this draft, Choi Duk Shin warns that Japan's economic expansion is a serious threat which should be combated as actively as the threat of communism in Asia.

  • December 26, 1957

    Letter No. 104 from the President (Syngman Rhee) to Minister Duk Shin Choi

    Syngman Rhee claims that Japan and Communism pose equal threats to Asia, and discusses the attitudes of the United States, Taiwan, the Philippines, and Thailand toward this "two-fold" danger.

  • August 11, 1959

    Letters to Dag Hammarskjold on the Japanese-Korean Fishery Conflict

    Correspondences between Dag Hammarskjold and Hans Gottfurcht on the issue of fishery conflict between Korea and Japan.

  • December 08, 1960

    Journal of Soviet Ambassador in the DPRK A.M. Puzanov for 8 December 1960

    Kim Il expresses gratitude on the statement of Soviet Union on the issue of the peaceful reunification of Korea. Kim Chang-man mentions the DPRK VNS proposals which stress the peaceful reunification of Korea sweeps through the South Korea. He also reports that the South Korea currently suffer a serious electricity shortage. Ri Gyo-sun says there will be a massive propaganda on DPRK VNS proposals planned to Japan.

  • March 09, 1965

    Information on Some Aspects of Japanese-South Korean Negotiations

    The GDR Embassy in DPRK reports to the SED Central Committee on its evaluation of North Korean attitudes toward Japanese-South Korean negotiations.

  • April 17, 1965

    Record of Conversation between Soviet Deputy Foreign Minister Vasily Kuznetsov and North Korean Ambassador to the Soviet Union Kim Byeong-jik

    Kim Byeong-jik discusses the situation in South Korea and Japanese-South Korean relations.

  • December 14, 1965

    Cable from the Chinese Embassy in North Korea, 'Foreign Minister Pak's Discussion with Ambassador Jiao on Several Issues during the Banquet'

    Pak Seong-cheol briefs Ambassador Jiao Ruoyu on the Japan-South Korea treaty, the situations in Indonesia and Vietnam, and the power struggle inside of the Soviet Union.

  • December 15, 1965

    Cable from Chinese Ambassador in North Korea Jiao Ruoyu, 'On the Situation of Calling on Vice Premier Kim Il'

    Kim Il discusses Sino-North Korean relations, the situation in South Korea, and Japan's position in East Asia with Chinese Ambassador Jiao Ruoyu.

  • May 23, 1966

    Record of Conversation with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the DPRK Comrade Pak Seong-cheol

    Pak Seong-cheol explains North Korea's military policies and stances toward reunification, Japan, and military relations with the Soviet Union.

  • August 18, 1967

    Information about Some New Aspects on Korean Workers' Party Positions concerning Issues of Domestic and Foreign Policy

    The Acting East German Ambassador to North Korea discusses Kim Il Sung's leadership and cult of personality, Korean reunification, and North Korea's foreign relations with China and Japan.

  • January 27, 1970

    Memorandum, Embassy of Hungary in North Korea to the Hungarian Foreign Ministry

    Hungarian report on the meeting between the Soviet DPRK Ambassador and North Korean Foreign Minister. The Foreign Minister expresses his views and concerns on Japan's role in Asia.

  • February 06, 1970

    Letter, UNCURK Principal Secretary Kuzbari to UN Chef de Cabinet Narasimhan

    Principal Secretary of UNCURK Zouheir Kuzbari updates Chef de Cabinet C.V. Narasimhan on the request for the repatriation of passengers and crew of the KAL plane that landed in North Korea and the argument between ROK and Japanese governments over a reported germs deal between a Japanese firm and North Korean commercial representatives.

  • February 13, 1970

    Letter, UNCURK Principal Secretary Kuzbari to UN Chef de Cabinet Narasimhan

    Principal Secretary of UNCURK Zouheir Kuzbari updates Chef de Cabinet of the UN C.V. Narasimhan on the alleged Japanese government and DPRK commercial firm's germs deal.

  • February 27, 1970

    Letter, UNCURK Principal Secretary Kuzbari to UN Chef de Cabinet Narasimhan

    Principal Secretary of UNCURK Zouheir Kuzbari writes Chef de Cabinet of the UN C.V. Narasimhan about ROK-Japan relationship: an ROK Foreign Ministry request to ban all trade between DPRK and private Japanese firms and the Japanese allowance of U.S. military bases in Japan on the basis of ROK defense.

  • March 13, 1970

    Letter, UNCURK Principal Secretary Kuzbari to UN Chef de Cabinet Narasimhan

    Principal Secretary of UNCURK Zouheir Kuzbari writes Chef de Cabinet of the UN C.V. Narasimhan about the partial reshuffle in the ROK Cabinet, worsening ROK-Japan relations, and satisfaction over the postponement of U.S. force reduction in the ROK.

  • April 10, 1970

    Letter, UNCURK Principal Secretary Kuzbari to UN Chef de Cabinet Narasimhan

    Principal Secretary of UNCURK Kuzbari updates Chef de Cabinet of the UN C.V. Narasimhan on the JAL flight hijacking incident's implications on ROK-Japan relations, UN Command and DPRK meeting on Armistice violations, and renewed DMZ incidents.

  • July 22, 1970

    Letter, UNCURK Officer-in-Charge Osman to UN Chef de Cabinet Narasimhan

    Secretary of State Rogers and Ambassador Porter relay to the ROK government the U.S. decision to reduce troops. In reaction, opposing political parties united to urge President Park to press for the cancellation of the reductions.

  • September 05, 1970

    Telegram, Embassy of Hungary in North Korea to the Hungarian Foreign Ministry

    A telegram from the Embassy of Hungary in North Korea recounting Kim Il Sung's views on Japan and China, as expressed during a meeting at the Soviet embassy.

  • December 14, 1970

    Report, Embassy of Hungary in Yugoslavia to the Hungarian Foreign Ministry

    The Embassy of Hungary in Yugoslavia describes North Korea's foreign policy toward Japan and Yugoslavia.