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Japan, S Korea find 'common ground' in trade dispute talks, agree to meet again

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By Makiko Yamazaki

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Glad to see they are talking!

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Glad they are talking too but unless S. Korea becomes a reliable friend and ally that can keep a promise an agreement signed, then talks can reverse back to not talking. If you go after Japanese companies don't expect this talks on trade curb to continue, don't expect to be on white list either.

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Smart northeast asians finally found the common ground: northeast asia on the planet of earth.

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Smart northeast asians finally found the common ground: northeast asia on the planet of earth.

You know, if they were truly smart and not so obstinate there would never had been a problem in the first place!

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I wonder why SK hadn't been responding to calls from Japan for the last three-and-a-half yrs. SK's excessive appeasing policy to NK, exporting petroleum by ship-to-ship cargo transfer against the UN security council policy, etc.…overall, Seoul is suspicious!

11 ( +22 / -11 )

Yubaru, being smart doesn't mean being obstinate free. Northeast asians criticize northeast asians, at the same time northeast asians marry northeast asians, it is perfectly normal.

-9 ( +3 / -12 )

Call me cynical but:

Whats the bet that relations will take another downturn next year in March/April . . . . . exactly when the South Korean legislative elections occur?

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S. Korea you will benefit more by having good relations with Japan rather then focus on past historical grievances which has brought relations to a low point.

If North Korea attacks and wants to reunite again... Do you want Japan to help you or not?

If you have bad relations with Japan, if your boycott continues for a long time, if you go back on aggrements signed... How much help do you expect from Japan?

The way your behaving and treating Japan I would offer you 0

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"We explained that it is necessary to return to the situation before July 1 with the soonest possible, and that will be a crucial step to stronger cooperation between the two countries going forward," Lee told a news briefing."

That's was easy back in Jly. Just submit the requested export information. But with all the unecesssary further damage that SK has done unilaterally to JPN-SK relations after that, I couldn't blame Japan if that were no longer enough.

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Thank you PM Abe for standing firm, confronting a bully and not blinking once. SK has backed down by requesting these talks. Theyre desperate. The amount of damage already done to the SK economy is immeasurable.

15 ( +24 / -9 )

The boycott campaign of J-goods in Korea is starting to bite. Japanese are starting to cry uncle. LOL. Japan will blink first but claim something stupid like, "The Koreans have now met our requirements for export control, so we will again fast track them."

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will blink first but claim something stupid 

Pretty much yeah.

-16 ( +6 / -22 )

Thank you Abe for caving after creating this mess. Don't forget you have only until March to clean up after yourself. And don't forget, Abe, the boycott is still on. And keep in mind all the evil things Japan did to Korea.

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I wouldn't trust anything this South Korean government says.

They are never to be trusted, continually denying and trying to eradicate over three decades of official apologies and compensation offered by the Japanese government towards the people of South Korea.

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Ganbare Japan!Today  08:32 am JST

Thank you PM Abe for standing firm, confronting a bully and not blinking once. SK has backed down by requesting these talks. Theyre desperate. The amount of damage already done to the SK economy is immeasurable.

Exactly.

It's good to see the South Korean supporters finding something else to do rather than regurgitate their misrepresentation on here. I suppose when this talk was scheduled they were starting to fear that - for South Korea - there was no further action available other than to back down. And they have.

Can we expect some normalcy from now on? I doubt it. As long as Moon is there South Korea will be as untrustworthy as they have been over the last 3+ years. They'll find something else to use as ammunition...

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> jeancolmarToday  09:11 am JST

Thank you Abe for caving after creating this mess. Don't forget you have only until March to clean up after yourself. And don't forget, Abe, the boycott is still on. And keep in mind all the evil things Japan did to Korea.

Haven't you read the article? You're literally saying Abe did what South Korea has just done thmselves. After the US pressured South Korea to stay with GSOMIA and South Korea had talks with Japan they now understand where they have gone wrong and will work to mend relations, at least at trade level. It's in the article:

South Korea's trade ministry said they had reached "common ground" that the two nations needed to pursue effective management of export systems, and that they would continue talking to resolve outstanding issues.

South Korea caved in as expected. Abe is smiling as usual.

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Glad to see they are talking!

I'll second that

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Yubaru, being smart doesn't mean being obstinate free. Northeast asians criticize northeast asians, at the same time northeast asians marry northeast asians, it is perfectly normal.

You missed the point entirely.

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Glad they are talking too but unless S. Korea becomes a reliable friend and ally that can keep a promise an agreement signed, then talks can reverse back to not talking.

Again, read the following reports by UN experts. It aint S Korea breaking promises.

https://www.ilo.org/dyn/normlex/en/f?p=NORMLEXPUB:13100:0::NO::P13100_COMMENT_ID:2218404

https://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=17209&LangID=E

If you go after Japanese companies don't expect this talks on trade curb to continue, don't expect to be on white list either.

Glad you admit that the trade curbs are linked to the Supreme Court rulings unlike some other sheep still in denial.

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Japanese trade minister Hiroshi Kajiyama said there was "progress", adding the next dialogue would be held in Seoul in the near future.

This!. So ridiculous. Suga Chief Cabinet Secretary clarified that the nation's export administration is not something to negotiate. That says all. How come Japan must visit there for its own matter. A stupid custom to save Korean face again?

Isn't it getting already too ridiculous to waste even a day of Japan and Japanese people for Korean's tantrum?

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TIME WASTING IS A CRIME.

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Economics or trade is unavoidable in life on earth today. However, trust and confidence based upon reliability, honor, commitment and sincerity is something nurtured and must be earned by all parties. For Japan, it will be an extremely cautious and difficult path with S Korea that is openly threatening Japan and its people in all areas.

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Japan: we agreed.

Korea: we successfully left holes to undermine the agreement at anytime.

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@Tom Doley

Again, read the following reports by UN experts. It aint S Korea breaking promises.

And where in both URLs by so-called “expert” noted that Japan is the one ”breaking promises”?

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