A protester in Seoul holds a defaced image of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a rally denouncing the Japanese government on July 17. Photo: AP
Joseph Yi
Opinion

Opinion

Joseph Yi

South Korea’s left and Japan’s right have crushed alternative viewpoints, setting up a trade dispute that may not be resolved

  • South Korea’s left wing has long demanded a more aggressive stance on Japan’s imperial actions and stifled any dissent, while Japan’s right has also enforced its own position. With both views now mainstream, slim hopes of mediation remain

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A protester in Seoul holds a defaced image of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a rally denouncing the Japanese government on July 17. Photo: AP
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