38 seconds above the 38th parallel: How short video clips produced by the US military can promote alignment despite antagonism between Japan and Korea

Yuki Asaba, Kyu S. Hahn, Seulgi Jang, Tetsuro Kobayashi, Atsushi Tago

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Abstract

The effectiveness of public diplomacy is now increasingly the subject of scientific measurement and testing by researchers in the field of International Relations. While there are variety of empirical efforts to uncover the power of public diplomacy, extant studies have mostly focused on the activities initiated by the ministries in charge of external relations. In this article, rather than external relations ministries and agencies, we focus on the effectiveness of public diplomacy by the military. Specifically, we argue that figures, pictures and indeed videos created by military forces have power in changing perceptions among the receivers of the information. In this particular study, we show that a 38 second video made by the US military induces positive feelings for cooperation which would otherwise be difficult to sustain between South Korea and Japan - two countries which have suffered highly fractious relations, yet which are indispensable allies to the US in countering the rising threat from North Korea.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)253-273
Number of pages21
JournalInternational Relations of the Asia-Pacific
Volume20
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020 May 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • Political Science and International Relations

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