TOKYO/SEOUL (Reuters) – Japanese International Minister Taro Kono summoned South Korea’s ambassador on Friday in a deepening diplomatic row over compensation for Korean wartime pressured labor that threatens international provide of microchips and smartphone shows.
FILE PHOTO: Japanese International Minister Taro Kono attends a gathering along with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Moscow, Russia Might 10, 2019. REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina/File Photograph
The dispute took a tragic flip earlier on Friday when a South Korean man set himself on hearth in entrance of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul in an obvious protest.
Additionally in Seoul, South Korea’s Commerce Ministry repeated requires Japan to carry severe talks by July 24 over Tokyo’s “tighter” export controls of high-tech supplies to South Korean chipmaking giants imposed early this month.
Lee Ho-hyeon, a director common on the commerce ministry, stated Japan’s plan to take away South Korea from its “white record” of nations with minimal commerce restrictions needs to be primarily based on “clear proof and details”.
“There are main issues that such a transfer would have a grave impression on not solely the economies in each nations, however the international provide chain,” Lee stated at a televised briefing.
Officers stated the South Korean man who set himself alight exterior the Japanese embassy in Seoul was in crucial situation.
The 78-year-old man, surnamed Kim, drove as much as the constructing round three:20 a.m. (1820 GMT Thursday), stopped in entrance of the gate and set hearth to the automobile whereas sitting in it, an official at Seoul’s Jongno Hearth Station stated.
The person’s father-in-law was stated to be a sufferer of pressured labor by Japanese companies throughout World Warfare Two and he could have acted in protest in opposition to Japan’s export curbs, a South Korean TV broadcaster stated, quoting the police.
Police and hearth officers each declined to touch upon the person’s potential motivations, citing ongoing investigations.
Compensation of South Koreans for labor throughout Japan’s 1910-1945 occupation of the Korean peninsula has soured relations between america’ closest Asian allies.
Nam Gwan-pyo, South Korea’s ambassador to Japan, arrived on the overseas ministry in Tokyo on Friday to fulfill Kono and was informed that Seoul should take swift measures to right what Japan believes is a violation worldwide regulation.
“What the South Korean authorities is doing now’s equal to subverting the post-World Warfare Two worldwide order,” Kono stated firstly of the assembly.
He as soon as once more urged Seoul to take acceptable steps to rectify what Japan says was an improper ruling final yr by South Korea’s Supreme Courtroom ordering two Japanese firms to compensate the wartime staff.
South Korea’s Samsung Electronics (005930.KS) has despatched letters to companions urging them to stockpile extra Japanese parts in case Tokyo expands its export restrictions.
On Thursday, South Korean President Moon Jae-in met main get together leaders and vowed to work collectively to resolve the dispute with Japan.
A senior nationwide safety adviser informed lawmakers on the assembly South Korea may rethink an intelligence sharing pact it has with Japan if the dispute worsens.
Commerce minister director common Lee stated on the assembly Japan had “clearly” demanded the reinstatement of the export curbs, refuting Japan’s claims that such a requirement was not made.
Lee additionally stated the ministry needed to ship an announcement calling for the withdrawal of the export curbs to Japan. Nonetheless, Japan declined to obtain the assertion after listening to its content material, he stated.
Reporting by Joyce Lee, Hyunjoo Jin, and Josh Smith in SEOUL, and Linda Sieg, William Mallard, and Chris Gallagher in TOKYO; Enhancing by Jack Kim and Paul Tait