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South Korea files WTO dispute with Japan on export curbs

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South Korea has initiated a WTO dispute against Japan's latest export curbs, the World Trade Organization said on Monday, amid increased tensions between the two Asian powers.

In July, Japan imposed tighter controls on exports of three materials to South Korea used in smartphone chips and displays following a diplomatic row over compensation for forced laborers during Japan's occupation of Korea during World War Two. The materials affected by Japan's export controls are fluorinated polyimides, photoresists and hydrogen fluoride, which are used by South Korean tech firms such as Samsung Electronics

Under WTO rules, South Korea and Japan should meet within 30 days and if these talks fail, South Korea can request adjudication by a dispute settlement panel.

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Taking things to a new level. What will Japan do when it loses? Throw a temper tantrum?

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TheRatToday  09:57 am JST

Taking things to a new level. What will Japan do when it loses? Throw a temper tantrum?

Japan doesn't throw temper tantrums. However, you could definitely say South Korea's national boycott of all Japanese goods and calling for other countries to boycott Japan on the grounds that it is a radioactive hazard, does.

Also this is a domestic dispute. The media tries so hard to brand the action Japan took as a "export curb", when it is just a normal process that is applied to exports rather than a preferential one. The difference is simply up to 2 weeks in approval times... it could be less, but not longer than that.

The real question is, what is holding back South Korea from cooperating with Japan on the 156 re-export violations to North Korea that will ensure that South Korea is put back on the preferential export list for those materials?

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Shoot your second best customer, way to go Abe. You are hurting Japan way more than SK.

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You are hurting Japan way more than SK.

I feel sorry for Koreans who believe this. The trade war will hurt both countries, and is ridiculous. But frankly speaking, Korea's economy is simply not in the same league as Japan's economy. It's something like 1/3 the size. So words like those above are empty, and probably not helpful.

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Ok. Lets have the WTO solve this.

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Aly RustomToday  01:20 pm JST

Ok. Lets have the WTO solve this.

They can't under GATT article 21 WTO does not have the authority.

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TRADE concern people and lives. stop with using trade as a threating tool.

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South Korea will lose.

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They can't under GATT article 21 WTO does not have the authority.

Better than letting this spat spiral out of control which is what is happening..

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Aly RustomToday 04:45 pm JST

Better than letting this spat spiral out of control which is what is happening..

What is happening is, SK throwing a serious  temper tantrum in which no nation is willing to listen or care.

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What is happening is, SK throwing a serious temper tantrum in which no nation is willing to listen or care.

Actually I think Japan cares. And South Korea is going to take this to the world trade organization with Japan likes it or not.

Regardless of what side of the fence you sit on, it is still good that South Korea is taking this to an international organization that can mediate between two emotional sides.

And if you are right, and that South Korea is just throwing a silly temper tantrum, you should be happy that they are taking this to the WTO to expose themselves for the idiots that they are.

On the other hand, if they are in the right, you would have something to worry about.

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Laughable. While not only removing Japan off its own preferential list but also pushing "made by war criminal" labeling campaign, what would SK file WTO with?

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Well bad karma for sk is full let them fall internationally in front of the whole world.

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Japan doesn't throw temper tantrums.

They certainly do. Abe is famous for it. But on the other hand, so do both Koreas.

Diplomacy and negotiation, communication with understanding will resolve this, force in any form certainly won't.

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They certainly do. Abe is famous for it. But on the other hand, so do both Koreas.

> Diplomacy and negotiation, communication with understanding will resolve this, force in any form certainly won't.

exactly! well said!

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BertieWoosterToday  12:57 pm JST

Japan doesn't throw temper tantrums.

They certainly do. Abe is famous for it. But on the other hand, so do both Koreas.

Nope. All Japan did was requesting SK to respect International promise and removing SK off the list, which you cannot see Japan as throwing temper tantrums after its request for SK's explanation being ignored for more than 3years.

Diplomacy and negotiation, communication with understanding will resolve this, force in any form certainly won't.

Not for the country like both Koreas and it's been proven enough

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Those who don't actually care that much, but pretends to know everything and posting here only to blame Japan, here is some quick review for you.

 

Park Geun-hye completely rejected any meetings with Japanese PM Abe ( Remember, at last and for the 1st time after 3years, at the meeting with Obama in the middle, Abe spoke to her in Korean while she was looking the other way?), I mean, she spent entire 3 years,  3/4 of her presidential term on Korean specialty, backbiting diplomacy, which makes your statement “Diplomacy and negotiation, communication with understanding will resolve this” just suspicious, until finally and completely and irreversibly  settling CW issue. 

 

What has SK been doing against Japan since then?

 

SK gutted the CW agreement and scrapped the fund and restarted Int’l Anti-Japan campaign

SK suddenly refused Japanese maritime flag at Navy International Fleet Review.

SK took complete hostile action by locking-in a Japanese surveillance plane by FC radar.

SK provoked Japan by having military drill at the disputed islets

SK did a ultra personnel reshuffle and nominated the far-left judge to the top of its supreme court and flipped 1965 Treaty over.

SK kept ignoring Japan’s official requests for both direct communication or arbitration as stipulated in art 3 in 1965 agreement wrt the verdict over wartime labor issues.

SK kept ignoring Japan’s official requests for direct meetings and explanation on its export controls for longer than 3years.

SK instigated Anti-Japan, boycott campaigns, radioactive campaigns, Fukushima contaminated water campaign ( Note it is not contaminated, it is purified treated water, and I can go on how SK notorious nuclear plants have been dealing with such water as a matter of very fact!!)

SK removed Japan off its white list and its municipalities started “made by Japanese war criminals” campaign but dare to file WTO over this dispute.

 

What else? I may be forgetting some more.

 

Now what exactly Japan has done for these years?  Yasukuni? Stop BS-ing. Visiting Yasukuni is not for provoking a particular country.

 

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Of course, I forgot

SK ended GOSMIA

SK keeps annoying IOC and TOC regarding rising-sun flag and even the design on gold medal

for paralympians.

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