South Koreans Are Frantically Boycotting Japanese Goods

Trade frictions between Japan and South Korea have been raging for nearly a month. On the one hand, at the meeting of the general council of the world trade organization (WTO), the representatives of Japan and South Korea did not back down. On the other hand, in the face of the unsolved trade impasse, the south Korean people also spontaneously into the “boycott of Japanese goods” campaign. The picture shows a boycott of Japanese goods in busan, South Korea, on July 25, local time.



The boycott has spread to supermarkets, clothing retailers and tourism. Analysts say relations between Japan and South Korea will remain deadlocked for some time to come.

South Korean public opinion points out that south koreans once launched a boycott of Japanese goods in 2013 because of the sovereignty issue of disputed islands between Japan and South Korea. In the past, boycotts of Japanese goods were mainly related to historical issues, but this time, Japan announced trade sanctions against South Korea, which is related to the economic survival of the country, so the anti-japan sentiment is particularly serious.



A majority of those who support the free Korea party are “not currently involved”, with conservatives split equally between “currently involved” and “not currently involved”. In addition, 68.8 percent of respondents said they intended to participate in the future, while 26.4 percent said they did not intend to participate. Some 3,600 small and medium-sized stores and more than 23,000 supermarkets in South Korea have reportedly begun pulling more than 100 Japanese products from their shelves since the boycott began. Japanese beer and other products from Japan have been pulled from some supermarkets in Seoul, South Korea. Japanese beer sales in South Korea fell 40 per cent last week.


“No Japanese products,” reads a sign in a Seoul supermarket. Four cans of Sapporo beer, worth 10,000 won, had been a hit but the supermarket manager said: “for the sake of the country, I decided not to sell it. “Sales will decrease, but I will continue to do so until Japan withdraws its trade retaliation.” “We stopped selling Japanese cigarettes, alcohol and all Japanese food a week ago,” said the owner of another small supermarket. I put a notice on the shelf – ‘no Japanese products in this supermarket! ‘the customer didn’t ask,’ why don’t you sell Japanese? ‘instead, they encouraged my decision.”



The boycott has also hurt tourism. South Korea recently launched a “cancel travel to Japan” in exchange for rice. According to the statement, the association will give 10 kilograms of rice to tourists who cancel their travel plans and spend more than 1 million won per person, and plans to spend 30 million won on the event budget. On social media, many south koreans are increasingly calling for koreans not to travel to Japan. Bookings for south Korean travel to Japan have fallen by 70 per cent recently, and even Japanese cinema attendance has been affected, with demonstrations outside the Japanese embassy in Seoul.


The trade friction between South Korea and Japan is Japan’s economic retaliation after the south Korean Supreme Court ruled on a case of forced labor claims. But Japanese officials insist the restrictions are properly managed for safety reasons, not a countermeasure over “Labour” issues. Since July 1, when Japan announced that it would implement export control measures, representatives of the two sides have contacted each other many times, but all of them broke up in discord. Recently, South Korea domestic “boycott Japanese goods” voice is increasing, and there is a trend of continuous fermentation.