United States security advisor Bolton to visit Japan, S.Korea

Andrew Cummings
July 21, 2019

In South Korea, where nearly seven in 10 people report negative feelings toward the country's former colonial ruler, the spat has even led beer-lovers to boycott Japanese brews.

South Korea's ongoing row with Japan over the latter's trade restrictions in apparent retaliation for a court ruling on wartime forced labor is entering a new phase, after U.S. President Donald Trump said he would help resolve tensions between Seoul and Tokyo if the two countries needed him to do so.

Reports from the Jongno Fire Station indicate that he burnt himself using butane gas and 20 litres of petrol inside his auto at about 3:24 am. Sales of Asahi, Kirin, Sapporo and Suntory beer fell almost 25 per cent in the first two weeks of July compared with the second half of June, it said. Tokyo is reportedly planning to expand the restrictions to other sectors.

Tokyo says the move was made necessary by a "loss of trust" in relations with Seoul, but also accuses South Korea of improperly handling exports of sensitive materials from Japan.

A man in Seoul, South Korea has died after setting himself on fire over reasons yet to be established.

Japan is one of the most hawkish of the major powers on the nuclear-armed North - whose leader Kim Jong Un agreed to a resumption of dialogue with Tokyo and Seoul's major ally the USA last month - and has received some of Pyongyang's harshest rhetoric. The protesters are demanding the South Korean government to maintain the stricter attitude towards Japan.

It added: "The human, physical and emotional damage Japan has caused to the Korean people (during its colonial rule) can not be compensated even if the entire nation of Japan sacrifices itself".

Speaking to the White House press corps, Friday, Trump said South Korean President Moon Jae-in had asked if he could mediate between Seoul and Tokyo.

U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton will make a two-day visit to South Korea from Tuesday to discuss the Korean Peninsula situations, the presidential Blue House of South Korea said Sunday.

Japanese media have said the issue could be on the agenda when Bolton visits Japan, where any military commitment abroad would risk inflaming a divide in public opinion in a country whose armed forces have not fought overseas since World War Two.

A spokeswoman for Moon confirmed Moon had asked Trump for help at their summit in Seoul on June 30.

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