A South Korean student kicks a wooden plate showing a Japanese rising sun flag during a rally in Seoul. Photo: AP

Explained: what’s driving Japan’s escalating feud with South Korea?

  • Tokyo’s decision to restrict exports of hi-tech materials to Seoul and a simmering row over forced labour have sent the relationship between the two countries tumbling
  • With no end in sight to the spat, the trade tensions could lead to higher prices for customers globally, analysts warn
Topic |   Japan

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A South Korean student kicks a wooden plate showing a Japanese rising sun flag during a rally in Seoul. Photo: AP
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South Korean President Moon Jae-in. Photo: AP

South Korea’s Moon warns Tokyo against taking trade dispute into ‘dead-end street’

  • President Moon Jae-in met with senior executives from 30 leading companies and criticised Japan for imposing export curbs on three materials for political purposes
  • Moon said he would ‘drastically’ increase spending and support domestic production to reduce dependence on foreign suppliers
Topic |   Moon Jae-in

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South Korean President Moon Jae-in. Photo: AP
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