Tensions are rising between Japan and South Korea after Japan downgraded it’s trading relationship with South Korea
It is no international secret that Japan and South Korea have had strained relationships for over 100 years. But at the same time the United States engaged in a trade spat with China in August 2019, Japan announced that they would be imposing new trade restrictions on South Korea effective immediately.
It is a move that creates much confusion for world leaders, and citizens alike, as one arm is being told the move comes due to national security measures. But another arm in the relationship is saying the move comes as a result of a multi-million-dollar settlement from Japan to South Korea for decades of sex abuse against women.
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History of Japan and South Korea Tensions
There have been tensions between South Korea and Japan since 1910, as a result of the occupation of the Korean Peninsula by Japan in the early twentieth century. This occupation has resulted in a multi-billion-dollar legal settlement favoring South Korea after the Japanese forced thousands of Korean women to work in the sex trade.
The Japanese at the time referred to these South Korean workers as “comfort women.”
That settlement was a ruling by the South Korean Supreme Court that ordered Japan businesses to pay Korean women that were abused by the Japanese during World War II.
It was a settlement that was ordered in 1965 but is still a source of tension today.
There is also a long-running territorial dispute between Japan and South Korea that has not helped ease any of the tensions between the two countries.
Today, Japan has imposed trade restrictions on South Korea’s tech industry, in a move that will cost South Koreans jobs and economic flow.
Japan states this latest trade move is a matter of national security, but many in higher offices find this to be just an excuse to cover economic retaliation.
Korea is imposing a form of economic retaliation of their own and is calling for a boycott of Japanese goods.
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The Truth About Comfort Women
It is known that “comfort women” were used and abused by the Japanese during World War II.
When this came to light in a 2015 Supreme Court ruling, Japan apologized and paid out a settlement of over 1 billion yen, which amounts to approximately $9.4 million dollars.
The money went to a South Korean foundation for the women, which has since dissolved. This happened because the women in South Korea that were remaining survivors found the deal offensive and a slap in the face.
South Korea feels the deal does not honor the wishes of the women that have since passed. There were reportedly as many as 400,000 comfort women used by the Japanese in these conditions.
The Trump Administration does not want to get involved unless either of the countries asks him to. But some people say the leader of the free world should get involved, and his lack of interest on the topic makes it worse.
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When it comes to the uncomfortable relations between Japan and South Korea, there does not appear to be one straight answer coming from the politicians.
Japan pressures South Korea with trade changes on their biggest market, the tech sector, and calls it a national security issue.
South Korea says, the apology Japan gave us for “comfort women” just wasn’t enough.
In the end, the answer to the reasoning behind their stressed relationship remains unclear. What we do know is that it is a strain that has been in place for over one hundred years.
We also know, these relations have the potential to impact citizens all over the world. Stay in the know and get your news first with us, and never wonder what global issues are impacting your daily life again.