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Japan and the Korean Peninsula

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

  • June 18, 1971

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

    Kuzbari updates Narasimhan on the UN Command's proposal to clear the DMZ for civilian use, the need to validate ROK's accusations against North Korean seaborne attacks, Japan's view that ROK should adapt to communist China's entry into the UN, and the changing liberal attitude of the Korean people in regards to unification.

  • November 23, 1971

    Letters between Narasimhan and Ozbudun

    Ozbudun updates Narasimhan on domestic and international affairs in ROK. The 9th preliminary Red Cross talks made no progress. The ROK government worries that PRC's entry in the UN will affect the UN Korean question discussion. A Russian reporter may visit Seoul to sound out potential trade relations. Japan decides to forgo trade and banking relations with North Korea.

  • January 05, 1972

    Letters between Narasimhan and Ozbudun

    Updates on UNCURK and UN member departures, the Tae Yun Gak Hotel fire, reaction to the Special Law on National Security and Defense, and Japan's continued economic aid to ROK and discontinuation of ties with North Korea.

  • January 13, 1972

    Letters between Narasimhan and Ozbudun

    Updates on the intensification of military tension, Park Chung Hee's commitment to war preparations through heavy and chemical industries, hypothesis on Japan's view on the Korean question, and Park's support of Red Cross talks.

  • January 27, 1972

    Letters between Narasimhan and Ozbudun

    Update concerning the defense of Seoul, 15th preliminary Red Cross negotiations, and Japan's apparent establishment of links with North Korea and its emissary to North Korea for personal and economic exchanges.

  • February 02, 1972

    Letters between Narasimhan and Ozbudun

    Update concerning ROK outline on Korean question, Japan-DPRK 5-year trade agreement, 16th preliminary Red Cross negotiation, and North Korean leader Kim Byong Sik's statement in Time magazine.

  • February 09, 1972

    Letters between Ahmet H. Ozbudun and C.V. Narasimhan

    Ozbudun sends Narasimhan a report concerning the 17th preliminary meeting of the ROK and the DPRK Red Cross organizations, points of concession indicated at the 17th preliminary meeting of the North-South Red Cross organizations, the interview of Premier Kim Il Sung, and "Japan-DPRK trade agreement," etc.

  • February 16, 1972

    Letters between Narasimhan and Ozbudun

    Update concerning 18th preliminary Red Cross negotiation, Japan-DPRK relationship intensification, and the reassignment of ROK Vietnam troops to the DMZ.

  • February 23, 1972

    Letters between Ahmet H. Ozbudun and C.V. Narasimhan

    Ozbudun sends Narasimhan a letter on the 19th ROK-DPRK Red Cross preliminary meeting, the first session of the Commission for 1972, a briefing for UNCURK, Japan-DPRK trade and other "relations", and statement of the ROK Foreign Minister on pre-conditions towards a Korean settlement.

  • February 23, 1972

    Letters between Narasimhan and Ozbudun

    Update on UNCURK committee meetings, 19th preliminary Red Cross negotiations, ROK statement on preconditions for Korean settlement, and expedition of Japan-DPRK trade relationship.

  • March 08, 1972

    Letters between Ahmet H. Ozbudun and C.V. Narasimhan

    Ozbudun sends Narasimhan a letter on Mr. Marshall Green's visit to the ROK, the doubling of Japan-DPRK trade during 1972, ROK-DPRK Red Cross talks: 3th working committee meeting, and USSR-DPRK contacts.

  • March 30, 1972

    Telegram from the Japanese Ambassador in Korea to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, 'Observations on the Management of North Korea Issues (I)'

    The Japanese Ambassador in South Korea considers Japan's policies toward the Korean Peninsula in light of the US-China and Japan-China openings.

  • May 10, 1972

    Telegram from the Northeast Asia Department, 'Handling of the Korea issue in the United Nations (Draft)'

    The Northeast Asia Department at the Japanese Foreign Ministry reports on the Korea question at the UN, inter-Korean relations, and political developments inside of the two Koreas.

  • May 23, 1972

    North Asia Department No. 720035, 'Summary of (redacted)’s Debrief on North Korea following his Three-week Mission to North Korea from this Past mid-April'

    An unnamed Japanese individual reports on a visit to North Korea, commenting on the country's relations with China, the Soviet Union, Japan, and South Korea, the cult of personality, and the Korea question at the UN, among other issues.

  • June 19, 1972

    Report from Etre Sándor, 'Information from Comrade Sebestyén Jenő'

    A report by Etre Sandor on North Korea’s foreign relations with countries in Europe, the Soviet Union, the United States, and Japan.

  • July 25, 1975

    Prime Minister Miki – President Ford Meeting Discussion Outline

    An extensive overview of international issues bearing on the US-Japan relationship, including the situations in the Korean Peninsula, Vietnam, and Indonesia.

  • August 11, 1975

    Voluntary Liberal Democratic Party MP North Korea Visit

    A report on visits by Japanese parliamentary delegations to North Korea.

  • August 18, 1975

    Voluntary Liberal Democratic Party MP North Korea Visit (Part 2)

    A report on visits by Japanese parliamentary delegations to North Korea.

  • October 15, 1975

    Minister of Foreign Affairs Miyazawa – Secretary of State Kissinger Meeting Discussion Outline

    Miyazawa's talking points on inter-Korean relations, China's influence over North Korea, and the Korean debate at the United Nations for a meeting with Henry Kissinger.

  • November 18, 1976

    Talk between Yoo Chong-Ha, Counselor of the Korean Embassy to the US, and Takakazu Kuriyama, Counselor of the Japanese Embassy to the US in Washington DC

    Yoo Chong-Ha, Counselor of the Korean Embassy to the US, and Takakazu Kuriyama, Counselor of the Japanese Embassy to the US in Washington DC, discuss US troop withdrawals from South Korea.