The ministry said that for waste plastics, tires and batteries imported from Japan and Russia, on-site inspections of importers' radiation inspection records will be conducted once a month, up from the current once a quarter. Relations between the neighbouring countries have fallen to new lows following South Korean court decisions ordering compensation for Koreans who claimed they were forced to work in Japanese factories during Japan's colonial rule of the peninsula from 1910 to 1945. , The boycott of Japanese products spread into the cultural sector, with release of latest Doraemon film series Doraemon: Nobita's Chronicle of the Moon Exploration, which is originally scheduled on 14 August, had been postponed indefinitely even after the film's Korean dubbing was finished. It is not allowed to import Japanese cars in South Korea. CNN reported that it costs as little as 10,000 won ($8.38) to fly one-way from Seoul to Fukuoka on Eastar Jet, and only 1,000 Japanese yen ($9.35) the other way. They further stated that Japan's export control is in violation of international law and will be both disruptive and harmful to both countries economies and the global market. In the wake of the meltdown, Seoul imposed a ban on some types of seafood products from eight prefectures, including Aomori, Fukushima, and Chiba. The two countries have agreed to hold the next round of talks in South Korea, they said in their statements. On June 19th, responding to the resumption of WTO dispute settlement process which was announced by South Korea, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Hiroshi Kajiyama mentioned that such a unilateral action is deeply regrettable as it would undermine agreements at the previous Japan-Korea Export Control Policy Dialogues where both sides agreed to explore resolution of issues of concern through dialogues and communications. Tech companies in the United States issued a letter to both countries urging the two nations to negotiate a resolution to the dispute. In 1996 FIFA announced that the two countries would jointly host the 2002 FIFA World Cup. Observers noted that both leaders are unlikely to back down from the dispute due to political pressure. On March 6th, Japanese METI and Korean MOTIE have agreed to hold the 8th Japan-Korea Export Control Policy Dialogue on March 10th via video conference system. , Many Japanese automakers suffering steep fall in July and August. Until we resolve the issues, subscribers need not log in to access ST Digital articles. , On the annual conference of the Korea-Japan Economic Association in Seoul, 300 business leaders from the two countries have urged both governments to find a diplomatic solution for the trade disputes.  For Japan, the agency revised down economic growth forecast to 0.7% in 2019 and 0.4% in 2020. The airline also temporarily suspended some of its other routes: Incheon-Komatsu and Incheon-Kagoshima both were suspended from 29 September to 16 November, and Incheon-Asahikawa suspended from 26 September to 26 October.  The organizer of the protests enlisted new participants through many social media platforms. , January 2020  Japan's Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, Isshu Sugawara, called South Korea's decision to downgrade the country's status "regrettable," according to a Business Insider report.Though a statement from the South Korean government said the move was not retaliatory but meant to "improve South Korea's export control system.". But it saw trade in intermediate goods – including those covered by the export curbs and also more correlated to the global economic downturn – as “posing a larger threat to the Japanese economy.”, Amid the trade dispute with Japan, South Korean consumer sentiment fall to 31-month low in August. In the case of Seoul's tightened radiation checks on coal ash imports announced Aug 8, since nearly all of the by-product from thermal power plants comes from Japan, that measure is more likely to be a countermeasure against Tokyo's stricter controls. [note 1] On the other hand, Japan had export dependency on South Korea for these three materials at 22.5%, 11.6%, and 85.9%, respectively.. Toropchin, Gleb, and Anastasia Tolstukhina, This page was last edited on 10 January 2021, at 07:16. According to data from Bank of Korea, the composite consumer sentiment index down 3.4 points to 92.5 from 95.9 in July. , Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi urged Japan and South Korea to show goodwill and resolve their trade spat through negotiations and dialogue. The backlash prompt the chairman to issue public apology on 11 August and the chairman was resign after he apologized to 700 employees of the company. Uniqlo sales dropped by 40% and the company announced it close its Jongno 3-ga store in central Seoul.  According to South Korea, Japan did not meet Seoul's “national interests” to maintain the deal.  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Japan has expelled South Korea from its list of approved export destinations, the latest chapter in a long-running feud. , A website called NoNoJapan.com, created by Kim Byung-kyu was launched on 11 July to provide information about Japanese products and services that Koreans boycotted and alternative Korean products to these Japanese one. Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Sug No. SEOUL (KYODO) - South Korea said on Friday (Aug 16) that it would strengthen radiation checks on imports of three recycling waste products from Japan, amid an escalating economic and political row between the two countries.  He also said that "we will never again lose to Japan. , They argue that, while South Korea's catch-all control covers WMD-related goods, it has never clarified whether it covers conventional weapons as well.  These talks fail to resolve the trade dispute between two countries. , Despite the majority of Japanese supporting the government's actions, on August 4 there was a group of 200 Japanese and Korean demonstrators who protested Abe's government in the streets of Shinjuku. The action includes the suspension of various activities such as public procurement and leasing of Japanese products, official business trips to Japan and “sisterhood” relationships with Japanese cities. The loss of “most-favoured trade status” will apply to dozens more products on a list of items that potentially could be converted to weapons. Japan and South Korea remove each other from the trade "White-list". The Japanese government decision to revoke preferred trade partner status for South Korea rattle global stock markets, aside from Trump tweet about tariffs on Chinese products, especially in Japan and South Korea. South Korea, the largest memory chip producer in the world, and Japan, the largest supplier of crucial materials in chip production, have so far served as the cradle for technological products such as smartphones and personal computers. He warned that the country will “resolutely take corresponding measures”. , On 30 November, WTO largely backed Japan in several claims in a ruling against South Korea’s 16-year-old anti-dumping duties on Japanese stainless steel bars.  Several financial services companies have lowered their forecast on South Korea's 2019 economic growth to around two percent or lower.  The July consumer sentiment index also down to 95.9, 1.6 points lower than in June, where it stood at 97.5. According to the petition website, if 200,000 people sign the petition within a month, the government is obligated to respond to the matter officially. , The two countries' bilateral relations then declined in late 2018, after Supreme Court of South Korea and other high courts made a decision that ordered several Japanese companies, including Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Nachi-Fujikoshi and Nippon Steel, to make compensations to the families of South Koreans who were unfairly treated and illegally forced to supply labour for World War II war efforts, such as building ships and aircraft for Japan without pay at a Mitsubishi shipyard and machine tool factory in Nagoya in 1944. , December 2020  The second was on 4 November in ASEAN summit in Bangkok where Moon Jae-in held an 11-minute conversation with the Japanese Prime Minister. , Many countries showed concern to the actions of the two countries hurting the global tech industry. South Korea said on Wednesday it will double the radiation testing of some Japanese food exports due to potential contamination from the tsunami-damaged Fukushima nuclear plant. The Trade Minister Hiroshige Sekō said that the trade measure was not intended to hurt bilateral ties of both countries. The whole nation came together to realize the goal of building a country that cannot be shaken.  A Cheong Wa Dae online petition website requesting to bring down the “No Japan” banners, had collected more than 20,000 signatures. However a total number of inbound visitors decreased slightly by 2.2% to 2,520,100 because visitors from other countries increased significantly. Moon warned Japan against the decisions. South Korea, the largest memory chip producer in the world, and Japan, the largest supplier of crucial materials in chip production, have so far served as the cradle for technological products such as smartphones and personal computers. During the beginning of the trade dispute Prime Minister Shinzō Abe's ruling Liberal Democratic Party were gearing up for Upper House election on 21 July. In that meeting, Japan and South Korea agreed to discuss efforts to resolve the conflict over compensating Korean forced labourers that has escalated into a trade war. Exports to Japan in South Korea averaged 2279040.49 USD THO from 2014 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 2995353 USD THO in July of 2014 and a record low of 1696410 USD THO in February of 2016.  But Kōno insist that the export control is fully compatible with WTO rules. The then Foreign Minister, now Minister of Defense, Tarō Kōno said that the two countries shared the view on the need to resolve the dispute.  For example, a Japanese broadcaster Fuji TV and a Japanese newspaper Sankei Shimbun on July 10th reported that over the past four years (from 2015 to March 2019), South Korea found 156 strategic goods with potential weapon being secretly exported. , On August 8th, the Japanese government, at a news conference held by Seko, approved shipments of a key material used in making chip and displays to South Korea in order to ease tensions between the two countries. Japan falls into the newly established group A-2 under Korea's export control system. The move, announced by the Environment Ministry, appears to be part of countermeasures to Tokyo's recent tightening of export controls on South Korea, and follows a similar measure last week targeting coal ash imports from Japan.  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