S.Korea may be more concerned after Japan election

Clay Curtis
July 22, 2019

A day after Tokyo-set deadline ended on July 18, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono summoned South Korean Ambassador Nam Gwan Pyo to lodge protest over Seoul's "refusal to establish an arbitration panel to resolve the row", the daily Mainichi reported.

In his speech, Kim Hyun Jung also commented on Tokyo imposed export restrictions, calling them "contrary to the principles of the world trade organization and the statements voiced at the G20 summit in Osaka".

A North Korean propaganda outlet slammed Japan on Saturday for hampering efforts to create a reconciliatory mood on the Korean Peninsula with its retaliatory steps against South Korea suggesting Seoul's possible violations of sanctions on Pyongyang. Japan this month unveiled tough restrictions on exports crucial to tech titans like Samsung, fuelling fears about the impact on the global tech sector, while South Korea's central bank warned it could have "no small impact" on the economy.

South Korea is sparing no efforts to persuade the global community this week to help press Japan withdraw its export restrictions on high-tech materials and impugn Tokyo's reasoning behind its retaliatory measures.

Kono said South Korea had to take swift measures to correct what Japan calls an improper ruling by its Supreme Court ordering compensation. "It is extremely impertinent to propose it again by pretending to not know that".

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Such diplomatic angsts had been ramping up a widespread boycott of Japanese products alongside services in South Korea, from beers to pens, clothes to travels, unsettling business environments in such way what was being called as the worth economic climate on the shores of South Pacific Ocean in a decade.

"The opinion will be a synthesis of the iniquity of Japan's measures on export curbs".

A man in his seventies died after he was set on fire inside his vehicle in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul. Kim's family told the police that the man's father-in-law had been forcibly taken to Japan to work during World War II.

Police declined to comment, saying they were investigating.

In its complaint, the Korean government is likely to quote articles of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade - which are still in effect under the WTO framework - to counter Japan's moves to exclude it from the whitelist and its restrictions on key tech materials.

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