Japan’s export control measures for South Korea’s raw materials, South Korea asked Japan to withdraw, it seems that the deadlock is difficult to understand, the Japanese media reported that South Korea’s ruling party members intend to organize a group visit to Japan, but the Japanese government related people With a pessimistic view, “the reality is very harsh.”
The dispute between Japan and South Korea due to the employment of former employers (South Korean workers forced by Japanese companies) has deteriorated. The Japanese government’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry announced on the 1st that it will strengthen the control of three key electronic raw materials for fluorine-containing polyimides, photoresists and etching gases. Exporting to South Korea and officially on the 4th is considered a counter-measure against South Korea.
Japan’s Asahi Shimbun reported that the South Korean government’s Ministry of Industry, Trade and Resources said on the 14th that the General Council of the World Trade Organization (WTO), to be held from the 23rd to the 24th, would explain the unjustifiedness of Japan’s export control measures.
The report pointed out that in the case of the Japanese government’s refusal to withdraw control measures and consultation with the South Korean government, the South Korean attempt should be based on the intention to resort to international public opinion and strengthen pressure on Japan.
South Korea has criticized Japan at the WTO’s Council for Trade in Goods on the 9th and asked Japan to withdraw its control measures. South Korea’s Ministry of Industry, Trade and Resources said that it will fully seek the understanding and support of member states in the General Council.
South Korea’s ruling party members are seeking a solution and are currently planning to visit Japan after the 21st Senate election in Japan, because Japanese media reported that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government has adopted a tough attitude toward the South Korean government. I hate the spread of South Korea’s sentiment, which will help voters in the Senate election.
Relevant persons from the South Korea Association said that the current plan to visit Japan includes members of the ruling party, South Korea’s president, Wen Xixiang, who is the honorary president of the Korean-Japanese Parliamentary Diplomatic Forum, and the largest opposition party’s free South Korean party.
In addition, the group of South Korea’s cross-party Korean and Japanese parliamentary union president Jiang Changyi is also considering whether to visit Japan.
However, relevant Japanese government officials said that although South Korea expects the attitude of the Japanese political circles to South Korea after the Senate election, the “reality is very harsh”, expressing the pessimistic view of the two sides to reverse the situation through parliamentary diplomacy.
The Japan Broadcasting Association (NHK) reported that discussions and dispute resolution at the WTO General Council are different ways, and the South Korean government is also studying to file a complaint with the WTO.
Japanese and South Korean government chiefs have held a level of affairs meeting on the 12th, but the disparity between the two sides is extremely difficult to compromise, and South Korea has sent senior government officials to the United States to conduct public opinion battles. Then South Korea’s stance for international community support is very clear.
The current position of the Japanese government has not changed. It is believed that the implementation of the control of the export of South Korean raw materials is due to the doubts about safety and security, and the use of trade control is re-examined. “The process of exporting South Korea is restored from a simplified preferential treatment to a general country. There is no violation of the WTO principles.”
The main reason for the Japanese government to implement the control measures is that these materials may be diverted to military use, and South Korea has been found to have “inappropriate cases” in terms of trade control. It is not a countermeasure against the employment problems.