Seoul, Busan OK Ordinances for Boycott of Japanese Goods

Politics Economy

Seoul, Sept. 6 (Jiji Press)--In a fresh development illustrating growing tensions between Japan and South Korea, the Seoul city assembly enacted on Friday an ordinance calling on the city government of the South Korean capital to restrict its purchases of products of certain Japanese companies.

The city assembly of Busan passed a similar ordinance the same day.

Seoul and Busan are the most and second-most populated cities in South Korea, respectively. Calls for introducing ordinances for a boycott of Japanese goods are growing in other South Korean municipalities as well.

The Seoul and Busan ordinances branded Japanese businesses that requisitioned people from the Korean Peninsula to work for them during Japan's colonization of the peninsula from 1910 to 1945 and exploited or inflicted damage on these people as "war-criminal companies."

Designated as such companies in the Seoul ordinance are more than 280 businesses, including Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. <7011> and Nippon Steel Corp. <5401>. The ordinance claimed that no official apology or compensation has been made although these companies inflicted damage on South Korean people such as through forcible requisition of workers.

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