Notices calling for a boycott of Japanese-made products on display at a store in Seoul, South Korea. Photo: AP
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Shinzo Abe should mend ties with South Korea, not start new trade war

  • Animosity arising from wartime forced labour puts free-trade zone vital to economic growth – and agreed by Beijing, Tokyo and Seoul – under threat

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Notices calling for a boycott of Japanese-made products on display at a store in Seoul, South Korea. Photo: AP
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South Korean students protest near the Japanese embassy in Seoul after Japanese officials questioned the credibility of Seoul’s sanctions against North Korea while justifying Tokyo’s stricter controls on hi-tech exports to South Korea. Photo: AP

South Korea seeks US intervention to heal deepening rift with Japan over hi-tech export restrictions

  • Seoul has warned the dispute could have negative consequences for the South Korea-US-Japan trilateral alliance
  • Stand-off has been exacerbated by suggestions in Japan that South Korea failed to prevent exports of dangerous material to North Korea
Topic |   Trade

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South Korean students protest near the Japanese embassy in Seoul after Japanese officials questioned the credibility of Seoul’s sanctions against North Korea while justifying Tokyo’s stricter controls on hi-tech exports to South Korea. Photo: AP
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