o portray himself as a strong leader who brooks no nonsense so his ruling Liberal Democratic Pa
rty, along with its coalition partner Komeito, can win two-thirds of the seats in the upper house election on S 上海后花园女神会所
unday. To some extent, Japan also intends to show the United States that it will respond aggressively to any moves it con
上海后花园女神会所siders harmful to the country, so that the US stops coercing Japan to compromise its economic interests.
Yet in so doing Tokyo has adopted the US’ unilateral strategy of using economic sanctions to resolve non-economic issues. This will harm the RO 上海后花园
K as Japan expects, but it will also deal a blow to the regional economy and stability by hindering the progress of the China-Ja
上海后花园pan-ROK free trade agreement, especially because Seoul is mulling taking countermeasures against Tokyo, which cou
ld worsen the situation, and the US is not expected to sincerely mediate between its two allies. 上海后花园
The trade spat between the two neighbors has its roots in a series of events including the 2018 radar lock-on dispute, the closi
上海后花园女神会所ng of Japan-funded “comfort women” foundation and the controversy over some ROK officials demanding the Ja
panese emperor’s apology for Japan’s war crimes. And the Abe administration’s displeasure with Seoul’s policies under Presid 上海后花园女神会所
ent Moon Jae-in, as reflected in Moon’s engagement with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, has boiled over.
But Tokyo’s move to wield the high-tech stick could draw the two countries into a vicious circle of attack and retaliation, in part 上海后花园
icular, because Seoul could respond in kind to what Moon said was an unprecedented emergency. In fact, anti-
上海后花园女神会所Japan sentiments are raging through the ROK with some shops ceasing to sell Japanese products.
The latest Tokyo-Seoul conflict has not only created new problems for b
ilateral ties but also threatens to weaken the economic and political fabric of East A 上海后花园
sia, which would be detrimental to the further integration of the regional economies, and make it more difficult for the
world to maintain economic stability and prosperity in the face of increasing trade disputes. 上海后花园女神会所
The deteriorating relations between Tokyo and Seoul have caused much worry amon
g US elites, too, because the US’ alliance with the two countries has helped Washington to consolidate its str 上海后花园
ategic foothold in the Asia-Pacific region while Japan’s actions against the ROK could push the latter closer to China on
economic and strategic issues. But despite the souring of relations, Japan and the ROK are not likely to engage in a se 上海后花园女神会所
curity conflict, because the ROK remains highly dependent on the US when it comes to security.