US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, centre, gestures to his Japanese counterpart Taro Kono, right, and South Korean counterpart Kang Kyung-wha after a trilateral meeting in Bangkok. International observers warn that the fraying of ties between Seoul and Tokyo will have economic and security implications, and not just for them. Photo: AP
Jung-kyu Kim
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Eye on Asia by Jung-kyu Kim

Why a Japan-South Korea trade war would not be a case of ‘both sides are at fault’ – Tokyo must compensate its wartime victims

  • Japan’s claims that it is restricting the export of hi-tech materials to South Korea on ‘national security’ grounds are clearly absurd: Tokyo is trying to avoid paying compensation to victims of wartime atrocities for which it is still liable

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, centre, gestures to his Japanese counterpart Taro Kono, right, and South Korean counterpart Kang Kyung-wha after a trilateral meeting in Bangkok. International observers warn that the fraying of ties between Seoul and Tokyo will have economic and security implications, and not just for them. Photo: AP
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