If and when a summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un takes place, it will be a day of hope, especially for the people of Northeast Asia, that a lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula, technically at war since a 1953 armistice halted the Korean War, is finally within sight.

In the past several months, media coverage has mainly focused on denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and the complexity of the diplomatic negotiations.

But for ordinary Koreans, the issues are more of an emotional nature involving families and relatives who have been separated. And for Korean residents of Japan, which doesn't have diplomatic ties with the North, there is the question of whether some future relationship between Tokyo and Pyongyang — if the Trump-Kim summit succeeds — will make it easier for them to visit their loved ones.