\"No No Japan\"대한민국청소년영어뉴스/KOREAN YOUTH ENGLISH NEWS
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  • 기사등록 2019-08-27 15:55:03

▲ Poster of Japnaese boycott

In South Korea, many people are not buying Japanese products. This is called 'No No Japan' and this movement is being spread among teenagers. This campaign started after Japan's export control of items that are essential to semiconductor production to South Korea. Japan's Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe is taking issue with Korean judgment on the compensation of a compulsory manpower draft. However, on July 16, Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary, Yoshihide Suga stirred controversy by saying that the measures to regulate South Korea's exports are a review of its operational policies to ensure Japan's safety in order to properly manage its exports. In addition, it is not a countermeasure to the issue. Also, Japan has kept talking about Japan's products flew in North Korea. But, our government could not find a piece of evidence. Actually, more than 30 cases of smuggling were found to have taken place in Japan for over 17 years from 1996 to 2013.

Such kind of campaign happened in 1974, 2001, 2005, 2008, and 2013. This time is eighth. Even though the latest one failed, I believe this boycott campaign will be a success. Much more people than last time are participating in this boycott. Kim Byung-Kyu has made a website 'No, No Japan' to help many people who are supporting this boycott. In this website, there are many Japanese products and replaceable Korean products. Because of these information many people who are using this website evaluate it as very useful.

After the boycott of Japan products has started, on August 2, Japan excluded South Korea from the 'white list.' This 'white list' is the list of countries that can trade well with each other. Moreover, the exclusion of South Korea from this list is revenge from the Japanese boycott.

South Korean government is moving against Japan's such cowardly act.

▲ President of South Korea trying to overcome Japan

Also, Korean people have the power to respond to Japan. The boycott of Japanese products is being spread among many people. As a result, at markets, traditional markets and convenience stores, the government posted notices suspending sales of Japanese products, while delivery workers even issued a declaration in rejecting the delivery of Japanese clothing products.

▲ Present condition of business after boycott

As the boycott period has been over a month, the number of consumer goods such as beer and clothing that have become the main targets are increasing. Korean tourists spend a lot of money while traveling to Japan. Korean tourists were 25 percent of all tourists in Japan. However, as boycott campaign started, many people canceled travel plan, an now, small cities of Japan are getting a heavy blow in their economy.

Japan and South Kora have a deep wound of the past. If Japan keeps such attitude to South Korea, I strongly believe that Japan should put up with disadvantage.


by Kim Si-Hyoung


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