Japan's growth percentage was lowered for the second quarter of 2019 and the trade dispute with South Korea is expected to exacerbate the slowdown. South Korean Trade, Industry, and Energy Ministry issued a statement on October 1st that the Japanese government has not approved shipment of Hydrogen fluoride to the country even though 90 days have passed since a Japanese exporter submitted an application to export the materials. As the relations continued to develop over the next few decades, both countries became two of the strongest allies of the United States in Asia, to counter the influence of China, Russia, and North Korea. Photos of the meeting were taken by Chung Eui-yong, director of the South Korean National Security office, and published without the approval of the Japanese side.[182]. On July 4, Japan imposed restrictions requiring case-by-case licences to export key materials used to manufacture semiconductors and display panels to its neighbour. But Kōno insist that the export control is fully compatible with WTO rules. [126], About 5,000 people, including members of 596 civil groups, held a candlelight vigil on 27 July, in Gwanghwamun Plaza and in front of the Japanese embassy to criticize Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for imposing trade restrictions. On February 21st, Japanese METI held a Director-General level preparatory meeting with Korean MOTIE. The next few years would see leaders of both countries meet to warm relations in preparations for the games. [70], On August 29th, Japan approved the first export materials since South Korea's removal from the most-favoured trade status. [46] A week later, as the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy of South Korea held a press conference on the administrative briefing held on July 12th and following exchanges of e-mails, and the press conference included some misinformation, METI disclosed the facts as press release. [4] However, on the South Korean side, it was regarded as retaliation to the Supreme Court of South Korea's decisions regarding compensation, and further retaliation was agitated by South Korean President Moon Jae-in. South Korea ranks as the second-largest global importer of LNG after Japan. Rep. Na Kyung-won claimed that Moon's administration have exacerbated the issue and have also damaged relationship with the US to the point where US will not intervene. The move appears to be part of countermeasures to Tokyo's recent tightening of export controls on South Korea. [42], Samsung Electronics vice chairman Lee Jae-yong travelled to Japan on July 7th to seek support from Japanese suppliers. [215] For example, Korean Air, the South Korea's largest airline, suspended its Busan-Osaka route from 16 September, and routes between Jeju and Narita and between Jeju and Osaka-Kansai from 1 November. [citation needed] On 5 August, the index took the one of largest daily loss in 2019, with Dow Jones down 767 points (2.98%), S&P 500 down nearly 3% and Nasdaq down 3.5%. Japanese officials have been rather dumbfounded at South Korea’s unreasonable, meaningless regulation of imports from Japan. [157], Despite the majority of Japanese supporting the government's actions, on August 4 there was a group of 200 Japanese and Korean demonstrators who protested Abe's government in the streets of Shinjuku. Supports Japan's View over Export Controls on S. 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[125], A website called NoNoJapan.com, created by Kim Byung-kyu was launched on 11 July to provide information about Japanese products and services that Koreans boycotted and alternative Korean products to these Japanese one. On June 30th, after blocking South Korea's initial request for the establishment of WTO panel, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Kajiyama stated that he wants "South Korea to come back to the table and suspend the WTO process so that we [Japan and South Korea] can relaunch the Export Control Policy Dialogues". [204] The Japanese-brand automakers also suffering slump in July, with Toyota sales down 32% from the year earlier and Honda car sales tumbled 33.5% year-on-year. [41], Then South Korea, on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy announced a plan to withdraw Japan's export restrictions during the meeting of the WTO Council on Trade in Goods in Geneva on July 8–9th. Korea, South is currently our 6th largest goods trading partner with $134.0 billion in total (two way) goods trade during 2019. During the beginning of the trade dispute Prime Minister Shinzō Abe's ruling Liberal Democratic Party were gearing up for Upper House election on 21 July. [47], August 2019 The video included vulgar language and comments such as “Abe is definitely a great leader and President Moon Jae-in should be thankful for not getting punched by Abe in the face”. Deputy of Blue House national security office, Kim You-geun, announced on 22 August that South Korea decided to give Japan the required 90 day notice to terminate the military intelligence sharing pact. [4][150], They argue that, while South Korea's catch-all control covers WMD-related goods, it has never clarified whether it covers conventional weapons as well. Officials said free trade agreements with South Korea and Japan are leading to an increase in imports. South Korea’s imports of Japanese seafood have declined significantly since the 2013 ban. [115], The Liberty Korea Party, while calling on Japan to remove the export restriction, have also criticized President Moon's handling of the issue. Japan and South Korea are pushing ahead with a controversial coal plant in Vietnam and will provide $1.8 billion in loans for the project, despite having announced ambitious pledges to … They further stated that Japan's export control is in violation of international law and will be both disruptive and harmful to both countries economies and the global market. According to data from the Korea International Trade Association, 20.1% of all materials imported by companies operating in Changwon came from Japan, behind only China at 20.6%. South Korea, the largest memory chip producer in the world, and Japan, the largest supplier of crucial materials in chip production, have so far served as the cradle for technological products such as smartphones and personal computers. The Japanese government protested these decisions, claiming that the issue was settled under the 1965 treaty of Normalization of Diplomatic relations between the two countries and stating that it would be taking 'necessary measures; against South Korea. Some also cancelled scheduled trips to Japan. [163], Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi urged Japan and South Korea to show goodwill and resolve their trade spat through negotiations and dialogue. It is not allowed to import Japanese cars in South Korea. In response to the announcement, METI provided their notes as press release to deny South Korean views. [60] But Japan warned that if these three high-tech materials are found to be improperly used, the country will expand their strict checks of exports, including expanding application examination. SPH Digital News / Copyright © 2020 Singapore Press Holdings Ltd. Co. Regn. [31], July 2019 [61] The same material were also approved by Japan on August 20th. [22] A month later, on 30 November 2018, Gwangju High Court rejected an appeal by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries regarding 2013 appeals of court decision that the company must pay 80 million won ($71,000) to compensate each of the 23 plaintiffs and ordered to compensate the remaining 5 South Korean elderly people who forced to work in a Japanese company where the company in a separated rulling by Supreme Court on November 28 ordered to pay 150 million won ($134,000) to each of 28 plaintiffs, elderly people which is still alive or their families. [55] [74], November 2019 Top South Korea imports 2019. 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