2019 Japan–South Korea trade dispute
Japan and South Korea have been engaged in a trade war involving the restrictions of exports by each other since 1 July 2019. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe's government announce the restrictions of the materials that are crucial for South Korea's semiconductor industry. South Korea protested the move because Japanese trade restrictions against the country because they retaliate against decision of South Korean Supreme Court that ordered Japanese companies to compensate the forced labour victim in World War II. On 2 August, Japan remove South Korea from the list of most favoured trade partners. These decision followed by South Korea 10 days later with removing Japan from the same list on 12 August.
- Japan’s claims that it is restricting the export of hi-tech materials to South Korea on ‘national security’ grounds are clearly absurd: Tokyo is trying to avoid paying compensation to victims of wartime atrocities for which it is still liable.
- "Why a Japan-South Korea trade war would not be a case of ‘both sides are at fault – Tokyo must compensate its wartime victims"，South China Morning Post "Why a Japan-South Korea trade war would not be a case of ‘both sides are at fault – Tokyo must compensate its wartime victims", South China Morning Post, 18 August 2019