Allies Should Include Japan in Korean Unification Plans

South Korean President Park Geun-hye has made Korean unification a central tenet of her foreign policy strategy, but has yet to articulate a clear vision of how she would achieve or pay for it. One aspect that has never been discussed publicly is the necessity to involve Japan in Korean unification plans. Japanese participation would be critical both in the military operations likely to precede Korean unification and in potentially providing extensive economic support to achieve Korean unification. However, due to strained bilateral relations, Japan may not be inclined to provide either security or economic assistance to Korea during a crisis. As such, it behooves Seoul to improve relations with Tokyo for its own unification interests.

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