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Posted in: Abe says S Korea canceling intel deal damages trust See in context

William77Aug. 23  10:45 pm JST

Dream2030

Then you should do your homework better,Japan apologized to SK already several times.

Sure, and those apologizes were followed by visit to Yasukuni and immediate denials that they ever committed war crimes. This is getting a bit repetitive.

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Posted in: Abe says S Korea canceling intel deal damages trust See in context

what the news report is not saying or leaving out is that SK also added that it wants to go in its own direction militarily without the US. 

why so much disinformation?

South Korea scraps pact with Japan, moves closer to US | DW News

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYPWfN7oR2w

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Posted in: S Korea terminates Japan intelligence deal amid trade dispute See in context

KariHarukaToday  07:01 am JST

How long before South Koreans come to their senses and drag Moon from out of the Blue House?

Abe IMO is a genius. His trade restriction raised the approval ratings for both Moon and Abe himself!

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Posted in: S Korea terminates Japan intelligence deal amid trade dispute See in context

He said South Korea's linking of trade and security was "absolutely unacceptable, and we firmly protest to the South Korean government."

Really? But that's what Abe administration did with the trade restriction. Oh My! LOL!

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Posted in: Japan urges caution for citizens traveling to S Korea See in context

StrangerlandToday  07:19 am JST

The government is fanning the fires of anti-Japanese sentiment among their people. This is not an angry group of citizens acting on their own - it’s their government. They put up anti-Japanese banners in Seoul. Of course it’s going to become riskier for Japanese people in Korea right now. I wouldn’t want to bring my family there at this current time.

The Independence day is coming soon, August 15, and I expect there would be much larger demonstrations against Japan throughout South Korea, not organized by the gov't, but by the people of ROK.

I don't think the Moon administration was that popular before the trade war started; certainly wasn't seen as a competent leader, obsessed with North Korea, but thanks to Abe, that's all changed.

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Posted in: Japan-S Korea dispute puts U.S. in bad position: Trump See in context

Jtsnose

While it is not  good for neighboring countries like S. Korea and Japan to be at differences with each other . . . Trump is not seen as a trustworthy person by many in U. S. Congress. see https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/23/politics/democrats-impeachment-whip-list/index.html

except that Trump's trade war with China has broad bipartisan support and is likely to continue after his presidency.

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Posted in: S Korean imports of Japanese beer nearly halve in July See in context

Don't worry folks! $73M in beer sales is nothing! South Korea buys about $8B worth of industrial photoresist and various machineries, most of which would now be either made domestically in South Korea or imported from elsewhere.

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Posted in: S Korean imports of Japanese beer nearly halve in July See in context

Ganbare

No problem. Just re-direct the shipments of mouth-watering Asashi, Kirin, Sapporo etc to nations thirsty for more. SE Asia, EU, USA, for example. This will only hurt the Korean consumers who have imposed this "ban".

I was a econ major in college and I don't think supply and demand works that way. Beer lovers in SE Asia, EU, USA aren't going to start drinking more b/c Korean doesn't want Japanese beer anymore. It just means less sales for Asahi. According to Reuters, "South Korea buys 61% of Japan’s beer exports, spending 7.9 billion yen ($73 million) in 2018 for the shipments."

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Posted in: S Korean imports of Japanese beer nearly halve in July See in context

DaDudeToday  07:01 am JST

My buddy in Korea said Asahi is a lot more popular than Korean brands like Hite. Stores claim they aren't selling it but if you ask, they have it in stock in the back. Acting like you are a part of the boycott is the in thing.

Oh boy, you Japanese are very optimistic folks, or perhaps really clueless. Sure, they all have them stocked in the back to be returned or thrown away. The key thing here is that even if those who love all things Japan, in spite of their 12 year old girlish petulance behavior, can't buy them if stores aren't selling them.

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Posted in: Japan says S Korea export curb not retaliation for court rulings See in context

Ganbare Japan!Today  07:14 am JST

Absolutely NOTHING to do with any court rulings. The export ban of hi-tech material is due to South Korea allowing exports to communist North Korea, against UN restriction. SK cant be trusted, and is becoming too close to NK.

It's just too bad that japan is the one losing credibility.

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Posted in: Moon calls for 'peace economy' with N Korea; slams Japan See in context

yoshi

What a nice story it is. Meanwhile Mr Kim has launched terrible missiles, Mr Moon has spoken such beautiful dreams. It's an evidence of the friendship between the two people. Amazing.

Chairman Kim also refused to accept food aid from the South recently. Trump the orange man said the missile tests were nothing burger, so no need to panic.

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Posted in: Moon calls for 'peace economy' with N Korea; slams Japan See in context

Melissa Shimosato

Earth to Moon, Earth to Moon, are you on crack or just cracked up??? No sarcasm intended... its just that what does it take for Pres Moon to realize that North Korea leadership does not like him or the freedom that the South Koreans have.... Hello Earth to Moon Wake Up Please......

why? If the two Koreas are united peacefully, it's good for the world -- perhaps not for Japan. It doesn't hurt to try.

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Posted in: Pompeo urges Japan, S Korea to settle diplomatic row See in context

JeffLee

Great photo. The US needs to be actively engaged in Asia, otherwise the region is going to unravel and blow up.

I say Trump withdraw all US troops out of the Korean peninsula and Japan and let them work out their differences.

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Posted in: S Korea says it 'won't be defeated again' by Japan See in context

This is good. This mini crisis should prevent the incompetent Moon administration from going after the "evil" conglomerates. It also seems like the administration is finally allowing Gumi chemical plants to be re-opened which they had forced shutdown after the 2012 toxic chemical leak.

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Posted in: Kang, Kono trade barbs at ASEAN after Japan's decision to revoke S Korea's preferential trade status See in context

AlexBecu

Japan paid already. The equivalent of several billion dollars in today money.

It was only a few individuals S. Koreans now Yes.... But up to 700,000 more Can apply and ask the court for the same deal if Japan pays again and again.

Their own government needs to pay them after decades of waiting and using the money to develop S. Korea.

I heard that South Korean's gov't actually asked for $12B back in 1965, but Japan agreed to pay a small fraction of that in grants and loans.

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Posted in: Kang, Kono trade barbs at ASEAN after Japan's decision to revoke S Korea's preferential trade status See in context

AkieAug. 2  11:25 am JST

The whitelist should be trashed all together. Japan must stand up against all kinds of discrimination.

It sounds like South Korea also has its own "white-list." Now I'm wondering, what good is the WTO again?

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