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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 […]

South Korea calls on Japan to reconsider allowing use of imperial flag during Tokyo Olympics

South Korea calls on Japan to reconsider allowing use of imperial flag during Tokyo Olympics

Seoul: South Korea on Tuesday called on Japan to retract its stance to effectively allow the use of its old imperial flag, seen as a symbol of its past militarism, during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. A local media outlet reported that the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games said it would not […]

South Korea, Thailand to hold summit on high-tech industry cooperation

South Korea, Thailand to hold summit on high-tech industry cooperation

  Bangkok: The leaders of South Korea and Thailand will hold summit talks in Bangkok on Monday primarily on working together in response to the fourth industrial revolution. President Moon Jae-in arrived in Bangkok a day earlier, becoming South Korea’s first leader to visit the Southeast Asian nation in seven years. He will first attend […]

South Korea holds culture festival with Japan amid soured ties

South Korea holds culture festival with Japan amid soured ties

Seoul: Unabated by escalating diplomatic and trade rows, South Korean and Japanese citizens gathered in Seoul on Sunday to take part in an annual festival designed to share their cultures and facilitate exchanges. The 15th Korea-Japan Culture Festival 2019 was held at the Convention and Exhibition Center (COEX) in southern Seoul, where visitors had the […]

17 rare Aldabra hatchlings on display at Japan zoo

17 rare Aldabra hatchlings on display at Japan zoo

Shizuoka: A zoo in the central Japan prefecture of Shizuoka has put 17 Aldabra giant tortoise hatchlings on display following the success of the first natural breeding of the rare species in the country. Last week, a zookeeper noticed hatchlings in an area where a mother tortoise had previously laid eggs. The baby tortoises measure […]

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