Brian Kim

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Brian J. Kim is a second-year student at Yale Law School. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Princeton and a Master’s in Politics from Peking University, where he studied as a Yenching Scholar.

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Asia Pacific

Korea and Japan Clash Over History and Law

South Korea and Japan, two of America’s closest allies, are tumbling into a dangerous economic-diplomatic war over a South Korean Supreme Court decision that ordered Japanese corporations to compensate Korean forced-labor victims from World War II. At the heart of the dispute is a legal disagreement over a 1965 treaty that triggers centuries of bad blood and spiritual animosity between the two countries.