Korean Crazy Resistance to Japanese Goods: Beer Selling Millions of Korean Yen Canceling Travel to Japan for Rice

 Korean Crazy Resistance to Japanese Goods: Beer Selling Millions of Korean Yen Canceling Travel to Japan for Rice

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BEIJING, July 25 (Xinhua) - Japan-South Korea trade frictions lasted for nearly a month, South Koreas ups and downs outrage. On the one hand, at the meeting of the General Council of the World Trade Organization, representatives of Japan and South Korea did not give in. On the other hand, in the private sector, in the face of the delayed trade deadlock, the Korean people also spontaneously devoted themselves to the boycott of Japanese goods campaign.

South Korean public opinion pointed out that the Korean people launched a boycott of Japanese goods in 2013 because of the disputed island sovereignty issue between Japan and South Korea (Korea called Dokdo, Japan called Bamboo Island. In the past, peoples boycott of Japanese goods was mainly related to historical problems, but this time Japan announced trade sanctions against Korea, which involved the national economic survival, so peoples anti-Japanese sentiment was particularly serious.

At present, the national boycott campaign has been extended to supermarkets, clothing retail, tourism and other industries. Analysts say that Japan-South Korea relations will remain deadlocked for some time to come.

Source: South Korean President Wen Jae-in

Japan declares export control to Korea

Korean people: boycott of Japanese goods is not just a matter of saying

On July 1, the Japanese government announced that it would tighten controls on raw materials of three semiconductor industries in South Korea from the 4th and exclude South Korea from the trade white list.

On the same day, South Koreans filed a petition on the Qingwatai National Petition Bulletin Board asking the government to take retaliatory measures against Japans economic sanctions. At the same time, a list of Japanese companies operating in Korea, including Toyota, Lexus, Honda and other Japanese automobile brands, Sony, Panasonic and other electronic products, Uniqlo, ABC Matt and other clothing brands, has been made public to lay a good foundation for the boycott movement.

In recent days, with the continuous evolution of the situation, various industries in South Korea have repeatedly made strange moves in the means of boycott, or even excessive behavior, causing concern from all walks of life.

u2014u2014 A cup of Japanese beer 7000 RMB? Clearly do not want to sell!

It is reported that since the rise of the boycott movement, about 3600 small and medium-sized stores and more than 23,000 supermarkets in South Korea have begun to remove more than 100 Japanese goods.

Korean media reporters visited a store and found that Japanese beer was no longer available in its refrigerator. Shop owner Li Haojun said, Some customers first asked if they sell Japanese beer here, but also said that they should not drink Japanese beer recently.

Another small supermarket owner said: A week ago, Japanese tobacco, alcohol and all Japanese food were not sold. I posted a notice on the shelf -This supermarket does not sell Japanese products!In response, the guests did not askWhy not sell Japanese products? Instead, they encouraged my decision.

In addition, there are also businessmen selling Japanese beer time-limited special. One cup of Asahi beer sells 1 million won (about 5,800 yuan) and one bottle of Kirin beer sells 1.2 million won (about 7,000 yuan). It is clear that they do not want to sell it.

DATA GRAPH: On July 12, 2019, Japan and South Korea had their first direct contact on economic and trade frictions in Tokyo.

u2014u2014 Cancel the travel plan to Japan and send you 10 kilograms of rice!

The boycott also hit the tourism industry. Recently, Gucheng County, Quanlonan Road, South Korea launched the Cancel Travel to Japan for rice.

According to the statement, the Shigu Agricultural Association will donate 10 kilograms of rice to tourists who cancel their travel plans to Japan and whose travel expenses are more than 1 million won (one person benchmark), and plan to invest 30 million won as the budget of the activities.

In fact, throughout South Korea, the number of people traveling to Japan has fallen sharply. Hanadore Travel Agency, which ranks first in the Korean travel industry, said that before Japan adopted export restrictions, its average daily orders were around 1100, and after July 8, the average daily bookings fell to 600 to 700.

At present, some flights of Japan and South Korea have been cancelled, and some goods of chartered flights from Korea to Japan have also been removed.

u2014u2014 Suspected contempt for Korean consumers? Uniqlo apologized twice

On top of this wave, Uniqlo, the Japanese garment retail giant, also hit the gun.

On July 11, Ken Okazaki, chief financial officer of Uniqlo Mothers Fast Retail Group, responded to the question of boycott of Japanese cargo, saying that it has had a certain impact on sales, but he said that long-term sales should not be affected.

After the news spread, the public opinion about the fast-selling group mocking Korean consumers quickly fermented. Fast Retail Group apologized for the first time on June 16, saying that improper words had brought unhappiness to consumers. However, the apology was deemed to have been sent only to specific media and lacked sincerity.

Fast Retail Group made a second apology on the 22nd. It also posted an apology article on Uniqlos official social network account and posted relevant content in the store in the hope of calming the anger of the Korean people.

Source: On July 20, local time, South Korean people protested in front of the Japanese Embassy due to trade frictions between Japan and South Korea.

u2014u2014 The boycott also touched the red line of the law...

With the continuous development of the situation, there are also violations of law and discipline and extremely dangerous acts in Korea.

For example, the Japanese Consulate General Library in Busan, South Korea, was broken into the courtyard by six Korean students on the afternoon of July 22, throwing leaflets criticizing the Abe government. At present, six people have been detained and investigated by the police.

Another example is a 78-year-old Korean man who burned himself in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul. South Korean police speculate that Japan recently imposed export controls on South Korea, and the man set fire to his car in order to vent his discontent. Reported that the man died after being sent to the hospital, which also caused concern from all walks of life in South Korea.

At present, trade negotiations between South Korea and Japan are continuing.

South Korean public opinion generally believes that the trade friction between Korea and Japan is the economic retaliation implemented by Japan after the Korean Grand Courts judgment on the forced labor claim case. In 2018, a number of forced labor cases were adjudicated in Korea, demanding compensation from Japanese enterprises, which aroused Japans discontent.

But Japanese officials insist that Japans restrictions on exports to South Korea are properly managed for security reasons, not confrontational measures on the basis of labor issues.

Since the announcement of Japans export control measures on July 1, representatives of the two sides have made many contacts, but both sides have been unhappy.

DATA GRAPH: The trade negotiations between Japan and South Korea have stagnated, and the public sentiment in South Korea is indignant.

On July 12, representatives of the two governments held their first direct consultation in an atmosphere of confrontation, with dignified expressions and even no handshake. The meeting did not produce results. On the 13th, the two sides will even discuss whether the ROK has asked Japan to withdraw its export control and stick to each other.

On July 19, Tsingwa Tai, South Korea, on the occasion that the Foreign Minister of Japan summoned the South Korean Ambassador to Japan, said that the Japanese side was responsible for the violation of international law and that South Korea and Japan should resolve their contradictions through diplomatic channels.

On July 20, U.S. President Bolton, Assistant National Security Officer, left for Japan and South Korea to mediate. However, according to previous reports, Japan has a negative attitude towards holding talks between Japan, Korea and the United States.

From July 23 to 24, at the meeting of the General Council of the World Trade Organization held in Geneva, representatives of Japan and South Korea renewed their consultations on trade disputes. South Korea said its position on calling for Japan to lift export control measures remained unchanged.

At present, the bilateral consultations have not made significant progress, and analysts say that Japan-South Korea relations will continue to stalemate for some time to come.

Source: Author of CNN: Guo Peishan, responsible editor: Liu Xiaowu_NN4113