News analysis

No easy way out for Tokyo and Seoul as both sides dig in heels

Dialogue has been the preferred way out of a diplomatic quandary, but it seems out of reach for Japan and South Korea as both countries resolutely dig in their heels and a feud between them shows no signs of abating.

The media in both countries has expressed alarm and called for calm talks to resolve what Japan's Asahi daily describes as a "traditionally prickly relationship degenerating into its worst and most dangerous state since formal diplomatic ties were established". The Korea Herald, meanwhile, says "chauvinism can only worsen the problem".

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on August 04, 2019, with the headline 'No easy way out for Tokyo and Seoul as both sides dig in heels'. Subscribe