Wednesday, 18 September, 2019

NIS: Japan Inactive about Vessels Suspected of Breaching N. Korea Sanctions

South Korea accuses Japan of 'lukewarm' stand on North Korea sanctions South Korean business owners call for boycott of Japanese goods amid economic dispute
Patty Aguilar | 18 July, 2019, 10:07

"Some ships, on which the Korean government imposed entry bans, recently entered Japanese ports", the agency said. This is because the price of memory chips will rise if an inventory is reduced through production cuts that can help ease the current oversupply situation.

South Korean officials are coming to Washington to ask for help from the United States. Japan says it is not retaliation.

"For plaintiffs who are over 90 years old, the process set by the law can no longer be delayed", the lawyers said in a statement.

Colonial-era Korean laborers are seeking a court's approval for the sales of local assets of their former Japanese employer after it refused to comply with a court order to compensate them for forced labor decades ago.

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono on Tuesday urged the South Korean government to prevent the possible sale of assets from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries as damages for victims of wartime labor during Japan's 1910-1945 colonization of the Korean Peninsular.

Its government plans to file a complaint with the World Trade Organization and raise the issue at next week's WTO General Council in Geneva.

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Officials from both Asian countries met yesterday in Tokyo but they failed to reach an agreement for the resolution of the dispute concerning that trade that had been witnessed.

Japan's position is that these issues were resolved at the normalization of diplomatic ties with South Korea in 1965. South Korea and Japan last Friday, July 12, failed to immediately resolve their dispute over Japanese export restrictions that could hurt South Korean technology companies, as Seoul called for an investigation by the United Nations or another worldwide body.

A South Korean court ruling forcing Mitsubishi Heavy to liquidate its assets in South Korea to compensate workers would put an additional strain on relations, likely making a resolution of the dispute over exports even more hard. He said Japan was abusing its leverage in trade to punish South Korea.

Japan says the three materials subject to its export control measure can only be sent to trustworthy trading partners. Abe and his conservative aides suggested there may have been illegal transfers of sensitive materials from South Korea to North Korea.

Nevertheless, South Korea hit back on Tuesday with the chief of its National Intelligence Service (NIS) telling a parliament committee on intelligence that Japan was very "lukewarm and passive" in terms of implementing United Nations sanctions.

"The shattered credibility of cooperation with Japan in the manufacturing industry will inspire our companies to break out of their dependence on Japanese materials, components and equipment and work toward diversifying import sources or localizing the technologies".

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