Quoted: Japan Times on Admiral Harris as U.S. Ambassador to Korea

Trump taps Pacific Command chief Harry Harris to be South Korea envoy ahead of Kim summit

Mintaro Oba, a former State Department official who worked on North Korean issues, said that concerns over Harris’ background were unlikely to affect his nomination, but noted that “anything with a link to Japan can be a lightning rod for the Korean public.”
The Korean Peninsula was subject to Japanese colonial rule from 1910-1945.
“The fact that an American official has Japanese heritage shouldn’t matter anymore than if that official had Italian heritage or Irish heritage,” Oba said.


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