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Emotion more than economic factors driving S Korea-Japan trade row: analysts

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By Sunghee Hwang and Hiroshi Hiyama

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A spiraling trade row between Japan and South Korea is being driven more by emotion than economic factors, analysts say,

Really? driven by emotions, you don't say. I hope somebody didn't pay this person to do an analysis and come up with this answer.

the weaponization of trade

Another useless buzz word by a cut and paste reporting.

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A news anchor was even forced to clarify on-air that his pen was locally-made after a suspicious viewer called to complain that the implement looked Japanese.

LOL. There's only one country involved where emotions are over riding thinking.

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Not to mention it is THE emocratic country that is escalating the row by emotion, there are

several key words intentionally plugged in for the purpose of indoctrinating mass with subliminal effects as always.

 Japan imposed restrictions on exports

issues stemming from Japan's brutal colonization of the peninsula

whose grandfather was a wartime minister,

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The relationship between the neighbors has long been strained by issues stemming from Japan's brutal colonization of the peninsula in the first half of the 20th century.

Ok! My question is: So what?

If I think about how many people had made wrong things to me and didn't apologized for it, I will not live.

Unfortunately in cases like this example that I gave, we have to forget and move on.

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The latest moves followed a series of South Korean court rulings ordering Japanese firms to pay for forced labour -- an issue Tokyo says was resolved under the 1965 treaty normalizing their relations.

Certainly this "court" ignored agreements made in 1965 and 2015. Regardless of it, why should Japan pay more money to them when actually it(compensation) has already paid?

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Some lawmakers have pushed for a boycott of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and a travel ban on the country, citing supposed radiation risks from the Fukushima disaster eight years ago

Almost one decade has passed and we are still alive and living a normal life. Now, if they want to boycott the Olympic Games, so go ahead, but don't make excuse like this. Otherwise people around the world will think that your protest is moved by emotion and not for good reason.

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The latest moves followed a series of South Korean court rulings ordering Japanese firms to pay for forced labor -- an issue Tokyo says was resolved under the 1965 treaty normalizing their relations.

There is ample precedent in international law that a treaty struck between countries is still valid even if subsequent governments in one or both countries change and choose to repudiate earlier governments.

Japan and the ROK did indeed strike a deal settling all outstanding issues from the colonial period and WWII in 1965. Is Japan at fault because the ROK under Park did not allow Korean citizens to individually sue Japan? Hardly!

Moon is trying to walk a fine line courting China and raising his citizens' ire vis a vis Japan to recover his lost popularity.

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The South "will never again lose to Japan", he said this week, thanking the public for countering Tokyo's actions with "one heart" in an apparent endorsement of the boycott.

*As i imagined* this protest is organized by their own government . Common citizens are just being used as a tool for those politics.

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Driven by emotions huh?

Next thing you know they'll be telling me the sky is blue.

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A Korean friend says this is also kicked up by Korean nationalistic groups. If there is no conflict, they do not get any donations from people. So it is about money.

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The AvengerToday 09:37 am JST

The latest moves followed a series of South Korean court rulings ordering Japanese firms to pay for forced labor -- an issue Tokyo says was resolved under the 1965 treaty normalizing their relations.

There is ample precedent in international law that a treaty struck between countries is still valid even if subsequent governments in one or both countries change and choose to repudiate earlier governments.

I read a sociologist suggesting that the Koreans and Chinese have not yet fully embraced those kind of modern thinking and still believes that the top is a dynasty and when that dynasty fails the the successor is able to rewrite everything from scratch.

With China you can understand with ROC being toppled over by PRC and at the moment it is the Communist dynasty.

It's the Koreans that makes thing difficult to understand, adopting a normal election to decide who is the next leader but each time the ruling majority party fails to gain the throne the prior leader is sentenced to prison or worse so basically they haven't actually embraced the modern democratic system.

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There are so few left, that were Japan to Capitulate and pay off those survivors handsomely I'd wonder whether it would be meaningful or have any impact upon Japan's GDP - so why not do it and put an end to all this fuss.... ? Descendants have got no claim ... unless they wish to become Japanese Citizens through DNA claims.... ?

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If it were that simple korean principle don't work that way as lunar presidency changes to solar presidency they will again ask compensation iys a vicious circle of korean demandcrazy

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So why do we ignore the San Francisco Treaty and call the Kurils Japanese territory?

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