A man protests against Japan’s decision to restrict exports outside the Japanese embassy in Seoul. Photo: Kyodo

South Koreans call for boycott of Japanese cars, beer and cosmetics as ‘trade war’ intensifies

  • Japan this week announced restrictions on hi-tech materials exported to South Korea, as both countries remain locked in a row over forced labour
  • An online petition calling for Seoul to ‘retaliate’ against Japan garnered 17,000 supporters in four days
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A man protests against Japan’s decision to restrict exports outside the Japanese embassy in Seoul. Photo: Kyodo
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Samsung’s Galaxy Fold. The company could be hit hard by Japan’s new restrictions on exports to South Korea. Photo: Bloomberg

Japan-South Korea ‘trade war’: has Tokyo shot itself in foot?

  • Japan is to restrict exports to South Korea of three key materials used in smartphone displays and chips as bilateral ties take turn for the worse
  • But move could hurt Japanese companies in the long term as Korean firms are forced to rethink their supply chains
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Samsung’s Galaxy Fold. The company could be hit hard by Japan’s new restrictions on exports to South Korea. Photo: Bloomberg
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