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N Korea's plight may give Japan's next PM chance to meet leader Kim

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By Tomoyuki Tachikawa

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North Korea apparently hopes Japan will alter its hardline attitude toward Pyongyang

After denuclearization, after stopping regular shooting missiles into the Sea of Japan and after stopping being a threat for the whole world...probably yes.

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So we can assume Kim Jong Un, having vital signs and is compos mentis?

So Why? ....

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NK is a great economic opportunity for Japan. Cheap labor and masses of rare earth metals.

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It is time to recognize and establish diplomatic relation with North Korea

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N Korea's plight may give Japan's next PM chance to meet leader Kim

What for?

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Well if relations are not gonna improve down south might as well help the poor north

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Laughable.

The other half of Korea, the one firing missiles over Japan and Threaten Japan with Nuclear Devaststion.

Another way to manipulate Japan, North must be Jealous. All that money and apologies going to rich South Korea, Japan keeps paying them, keeps giving apology.

North Korea must be so jealous. South is playing Japan so much better. Playing them like the fool of East Asia.

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This is a poorly written article out of context.

Stangarone, meanwhile, said, "If Tokyo moves ahead with normalizing relations (with Pyongyang)

This is impossible under the terms of the 1965 treaty which binds Japan to not recognize DPRK.

Pyongyang has claimed that the abduction issue has been "already resolved," saying eight of them, including the iconic abductee Megumi Yokota, have died and the other four never entered the country.

I believe this version of NK's explanations based on testimony from NK defectors with hands on knowledge of the situation.

Kim Jong Il handed over the list of Japanese abductees in its entirety to Koizumi when Koizumi strongly hinted a multi-billion dollar compensation for Japanese occupation of Korea. The rest claimed by Tokyo are simply domestic missing persons cases blamed on North Korea.

In other word, there are no other hidden Japanese abductees that Kim Jong Un can produce out of thin air.

@Monty

after stopping regular shooting missiles into the Sea of Japan

They are already doing that. Sea of Japan doesn't exist in Korea.

Or NK will launch missiles into the Pacific Ocean by flying over Japan if that's what you prefer.

Given that Japan is militarily the weakest country of countries surrounding NK, Japan is the safest direction for NK missiles.

@Seth M

It is time to recognize and establish diplomatic relation with North Korea

No can do thanks to the 1965 treaty. Japan is bound to recognizes the ROK as the only legal government of Korean peninsula according to the texts of 1965 treaty. So unless Japan is willing to terminate the 1965 treaty, the best Japan can do is a trade missions office similar to the one in Taiwan.

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After denuclearization, after stopping regular shooting missiles into the Sea of Japan and after stopping being a threat for the whole world...probably yes.

Don't believe everything you read, my friend.

If NK and Japan's relations do warm, then a lot of credit has to go to Trump who has built a lot of bridges between his country and NK. It may be the start of a slow, but promising, process for NK's relations with everyone.

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Give them NOTHING. I have been studying NK since 88. Their modus operandi is quite consistent: Make nice, bank the concessions, and then break the deal.

Let them starve, freeze or flood. NK has all the currency to purchase whatever food it needs on the world market. it CHOOSES to spend that money on nuclear weapons and delivery systems. It’s not our responsibility to save them from themselves.

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Well Suga did say that he would meet with Kim Jong Un without pre-conditions. So the north obviously has reason to be optimistic on this.

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