Japan’s export curbs on South Korea, it may widen the divisions over the war, and labor compensation

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s restrictions on certain tech exports to South Korea are in the centre of a decades-long argument about the war, and being forced to work, and compromise is more difficult, as the leaders of both countries to appeal to their political base.

FILE PHOTO: A police officer stands guard in the in the vicinity of the Japan and South Korea’s national flag at the hotel, where the South Korean embassy in Japan to hold the reception on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the normalization of relations between Seoul and Tokyo, in Tokyo, June 22, 2015. (REUTERS photo/Toru Hanai/File Photo

Japan to tighten export restrictions on the export of three materials of critical importance to smartphone displays, and micro-chips could hit the tech giants, such as Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and SK Hynix Inc., the supply of chips to Apple Inc. and Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. They will underscore in addition, Japan’s grip on a key link in the global supply chain as a whole.

Opinion polls on Friday showed 61 percent of South Koreans blame the Japanese government for the current row, and 67% were prepared to boycott Japanese products.

“As far away as Japan, was an attempt to make South Korea as a shock force, to a compromise, and that it was a mistake,” said Masao Okonogi, a professor emeritus at Tokyo’s Keio University, adding that the growing anti-Japanese sentiment in South Korea, it may make it more difficult for the President, Moon Jae-in, in order to solve the problem.

“This is a crisis of 1965, and the system,” he said, referring to the year the two countries normalized their diplomatic ties.

Japanese ministry of foreign affairs, the official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told reporters on Friday that the tightening of export curbs were not to be referred to as such on the second world war, workers in dispute.

However, the japanese minister of trade, and Hiroshige Seko, the war labor dispute as the cause of mistrust, when he announced to the pavement, and sources familiar with the government of Japan said that the two issues are closely linked.

“We want the Korean side to understand the extent of the anger is on our side,” one such source said. All of the sources familiar with the point of view of the government, does not want to be identified because of the sensitivity of the matter.

– The japanese exports of the pavement was just coming out of a July 21 upper house election, which Abe needs to win to keep alive its hopes of a revision of the pacifist constitution.

Abe’s ruling bloc is on track to win a solid majority in media studies, but it should be a two-thirds “super majority”, with including a like-minded allies, as well as to approve constitutional revisions.

A survey by the Japan News Network (JNN), released this week, found that 58 percent of the voters supported the export of the pavement, compared to 24% who are opposed to it. However, the issues in the election, and concerns about the country’s pension system and an increase in vat.


The relationship between Washington’s two main Asian allies have long been plagued by memories of Japan’s 1910-45 colonization of the peninsula and the second world war. In particular, the tricky one is the issue of “comfort women,” a euphemism for women forced to work in Japanese war is in the military, it is awful.

Many Japanese resent being asked to pay for the crimes of more than seven decades, and while there are many in South Korea doubt the sincerity of Tokyo’s apology.

The dispute worsened last year when the South Korean courts ordered the companies to compensate the former military workers.

Japan says the matter will be settled by the 1965 treaty, and that a compensation requirement, Seoul, korea, is a violation of international law.

Abe seems to be playing to his conservative base, and that the Moon should be the judge of his own supporters, means that he is not likely to back down, experts say.

“Let’s not forget that the Moon has been a popular leader … to be A populist leader cannot afford to be humiliated and forced it to change course,” said Andrew horvat, a visiting professor at japan’s Hosai International University.

For both the Moon and look at the skeleton, horvat was added, and the solution of the dispute, “they would be statesmen, but it cannot win the next election.”

A Gallup poll released on Friday showed a slight dip in the Moon’s approval rating is in addition to a strong base of support for South korea’s position.

Complicating matters are reports in the media, and that of hydrogen fluoride, a material that is subject to export curbs, it was in response to North Korea after being exported to the South. The hydrogen fluoride may be used in chemical weapons.

Seoul, korea, has been angrily denounced the report as baseless, and on Friday called for an international investigation.

The japanese government has declined to comment, saying that “inappropriate cases” of South Korea’s export controls.

The officials of the two sides ‘ meeting in Tokyo on Friday, Japan said it was not the thought of a repeal of the curbs.

In Japan, it would be able to soften his tone a bit after the election, however, it is unlikely that the removal of the restrictions, a quick, a former senior Japanese diplomat said, adding that Abe has faced significant domestic criticism for his tough stance.

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“They come up very often, but I do not believe that a mutually acceptable solution to be found,” said the former diplomat, who declined to be identified because of the sensitivity of the matter.

Nor is the US President, Donald Trump, the administration is likely to try to relieve the friction between the two allies.

“The solution is for the two governments, their heads together,” Ha, Young-moon, a professor at South Korea’s Hanshin University. “It would be good for the United States to help open the door for negotiations is set out in the table, but I think that it would be difficult to expect that any one of them.”

Reporting by Linda Sieg; Additional reporting by Joyce Lee in Seoul; Editing by Gerry Doyle

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