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Former Japanese PM pays respects to Korean victims of forced labor

Former Japanese PM pays respects to Korean victims of forced labor

Seoul: Former Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama on Saturday paid tribute to the Koreans engaged in forced labor during Tokyo’s 1910-45 colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula. On the second day of his two-day visit to South Korea, Hatoyama visited the National Memorial Museum of Forced Mobilization under Japanese Occupation in South Korea’s southern port […]

Moon to skip Japanese emperor’s enthronement event

Moon to skip Japanese emperor’s enthronement event

Seoul: South Korean President Moon Jae-in has no plan to attend a ceremony proclaiming the enthronement of Emperor Naruhito, a Cheong Wa Dae official said Friday, citing Tokyo’s stance on its trade retaliation against Seoul over a historical issue. Moon has linked his presence at the Oct. 22 event with the Shinzo Abe administration’s attitude. […]

Statue symbolizing former wartime sex slave to return to Japanese art show

Statue symbolizing former wartime sex slave to return to Japanese art show

Seoul: A South Korean sculpture symbolizing Japan’s sexual enslavement of Korean and Asian women will be put back on display Tuesday at a major Japanese art show in Nagoya after its controversial withdrawal from the show, organizers said. The girl statue representing Korean women who were forced into sexual service for the imperial Japanese military […]

Japan in talks with Pakistan to import skilled labour

Japan in talks with Pakistan to import skilled labour

By Nasir Aijaz AsiaN Representative Islamabad: Japan is in talks with Pakistan for the import of thousands of skilled labour and a Memorandum of Understanding in this regard will be signed soon, Radio Pakistan reported on Monday. Minister and Deputy Head of Mission at Embassy of Japan in Pakistan Yusuke Shindo said the MoU could […]

South Korea remains Japan’s third largest trade partner despite export curbs

South Korea remains Japan’s third largest trade partner despite export curbs

Seoul:  South Korea remained Japan’s third-largest trading partner in July, despite Tokyo’s restrictions on exports to Seoul, data showed Monday. According to the data by the Korea International Trade Association (KITA), Japan exported some 4.8 trillion won (US$4 billion) worth of goods to South Korea in July, accounting for 6.6 percent of Tokyo’s total exports. […]

South Korea, Japan hold working-level diplomatic talks in Tokyo

South Korea, Japan hold working-level diplomatic talks in Tokyo

Seoul / Tokyo: South Korea and Japan held working-level diplomatic talks in Tokyo on Friday apparently to discuss the possibility of a meeting between their top diplomats during the U.N. General Assembly in New York next week and other issues. Kim Jung-han, director-general for Asian and Pacific affairs at Seoul’s foreign ministry, met his new […]

Pompeo urges ‘constructive dialogue’ between South Korea, Japan

Pompeo urges ‘constructive dialogue’ between South Korea, Japan

Washington: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday emphasized the need for “constructive dialogue” between South Korea and Japan, two U.S. allies that have been locked in a bitter dispute over trade and history. Pompeo discussed the matter in a phone call with new Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi as he congratulated his counterpart […]

Seoul to drop Tokyo from whitelist this week

Seoul to drop Tokyo from whitelist this week

Seoul: South Korea is moving to strip Japan from its list of trusted trading partners as early as this week, but it is still open to having last-minute negotiations with Tokyo, the trade ministry said Sunday. Seoul’s trade ministry has completed nearly all procedures for the removal of Japan from its list of nations given […]

Seoul files complaint with WTO over Tokyo’s export curbs

Seoul files complaint with WTO over Tokyo’s export curbs

Seoul: South Korea filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization (WTO) on Wednesday over Japan’s export curbs, upping the stakes in the unprecedented trade row between the two Asian neighbors. The move came more than two months after Tokyo started restrictions of exporting three key industrial materials to Seoul, which are essential for the […]

Seoul may strip Japan of trusted trade partner status next week

Seoul may strip Japan of trusted trade partner status next week

Seoul: South Korea may officially remove Japan from its list of trusted trading partners as early as next week, upping ante in the trade dispute between the two Asian neighbors, the country’s trade ministry said Monday. The tit-for-tat move follows Japan’s removal of South Korea from its own whitelist of nations given preferential trading terms […]

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