Japan has summoned the South Korean ambassador over a wartime dispute, which is now escalating into a trade row as Tokyo started taking economic measures similar to that of the United States against China.
Six years after a law on measures to stop bullying in schools was introduced, school officials and boards of education in Japan continue to come under criticism for inappropriate responses to bullying cases that have prompted the victims to take their own lives.
Russia has rejected starting talks with Japan on the return of two disputed islands despite an agreement last year, in a move that could further delay the signing of a peace treaty, Kyodo news agency says.
Japan and South Korea have failed to mend a dispute that could threaten global supplies of microchips and smartphone displays, after officials met in Tokyo on Friday for a more than five-hour briefing that drew media attention for its frosty start.
South Korea’s foreign minister told US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that Japan’s export curbs against Seoul are “undesirable”, the Foreign Ministry said on Thursday, as a trade row between the East Asian neighbors grows.
Concern is growing over the effect Japan's recent imposition of targeted export curbs will have on the South Korean economy, with some analysts forecasting they will drag the GDP growth rate below two percent.
The government raised its assessment of the economy for May on Friday, saying downside trends are coming to a halt, helped by upbeat industrial production, though an uncertain outlook for the global economy remains due to the US-China trade dispute.