Boycott of Japanese Products Gradually Growing in S. Korea
Seoul, July 11 (Jiji Press)--A boycott of Japanese goods is gradually spreading in South Korea following Japan's tighter controls on semiconductor materials exports to the country.
Social media posts are calling for consumers not to buy items made in Japan, and some retailers have stopped selling such goods. Meanwhile, some local newspapers are asking for calm response.
A logo featuring the word "NO" and pledges not to go to or buy from Japan has gone viral on Twitter and Instagram under the hashtag "#boycottjapan." The letter "O" in the "NO" is painted red to indicate the Japanese national flag.
In response to such posts, one social media account said it is right to consume South Korean products preferentially, while another declared a resolve to join the boycott. Some named specific Japanese companies and said they will be targets of the boycott.
The South Korean backlash against Japan is intensifying since Tokyo on July 1 announced tighter regulations of semiconductor materials exports.
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