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Where to now for Japan–South Korea relations?

South Korea deputy trade minister Kim Seung-ho (C) attends the General Council meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, 24 July 2019 (Photo: REUTERS/Denis Balibouse).

Japan–South Korea tensions are at their worst since the two countries normalised relations in 1965. Tensions over Japan’s colonisation of the Korean peninsula (1910–1945) and the territorial dispute over the Dokdo/Takeshima islets have long simmered in the background. These tensions have boiled over into trade relations and security cooperation.

How can we explain the timing of Japan and South Korea’s latest row? And how might the two countries de-escalate their current predicament?

Japan–South Korea tensions caught global attention in July 2019 when Japan imposed restrictions on the export of three chemicals to South Korea — fluorinated polyamides, photoresists and hydrogen fluoride. These chemicals are important to the South Korean economy as they are needed in the manufacturing of semiconductors and smartphone display screens, both key South Korean export products. Japan also removed South Korea from its ‘whitelist’ of preferred trading partners. South Korea no longer enjoys preferential treatment and is no longer able to import these chemicals in bulk.

The Japanese government says that the export controls are exclusively for national security purposes, necessary because of South Korea’s inadequate management of re-export controls and the military dual-use applications of the chemicals in question. Japanese media reported that in the past one of the chemicals found its way from South Korea to North Korea in violation of UN Security Council sanctions. South Korea has rejected this accusation, emphasised that it is faithfully implementing sanctions, demanded that Tokyo provide evidence and proposed an international investigation.

Japan’s trade measures against South Korea are widely perceived as aimed at punishing the Moon government for its other ‘misdeeds’. In November 2018 it cancelled the domestically unpopular comfort women agreement which the Abe government concluded with the Park Geun-hye administration in December 2015 and had intended as a ‘final and irreversible resolution’ to the …continue reading


Episode 12: Out of the Dark, Into the Country

Source: Tokyo Cheapo

Angela An
This week the pod team sits down with Angela An of the very popular YouTube channel ‘Intenatoinally Me.’ Angela shares some horror stories from working at a Japanese ‘black company’ and how, after a well-deserved recovery holiday, she slowly worked her way up into becoming a successful full-time YouTuber. Plus, her fascinating plan for leverging her channel into helping the dying Japanese countryside.
And on our Tokyo Stories this week, we’re down a cheapo as Greg is off handling real business. Meanwhile, Chris talks about having some fun with Japanese at a coffeeshop in London, and Taryn reveals the embarassing story behind why her foot is broken.
Produced/edited/mixed by Taryn Siegel

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2019 Top Jobs in Japan Week 38

Source: Gaijin Pot

If you’re looking to work in Japan, check back here each week as we look through our database of top jobs in Japan posted to GaijinPot and pick some of the ones we think are most interesting. You can apply directly to these companies by creating a profile on GaijinPot Jobs.


Russian Marketing and PR Staff

  • Company: 医療法人社団衣明会
  • Salary: ¥300,000 ~ ¥400,000 / Month
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • English: Business
  • Japanese: Business
  • Application: Must currently reside in Japan

This beauty clinic in Aoyama, Tokyo, is looking for a native Russian speaker to expand its business to Russia. They have more than 150 shops around Japan and have nine branches in Vietnam.

Your main duty will be to identify the potential in the Russian market for its cosmetic products and take care of orders and inquiries from customers.

Your ultimate goal will be to successfully open a branch in Russia.

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Galileo CO., LTD. | 株式会社ガリレオ

Mechanical Engineer

  • Company: Galileo CO., LTD. | 株式会社ガリレオ
  • Salary: ¥3.0M ~ ¥5.5M / Year
  • Location: Aichi, Japan
  • English: Business
  • Japanese: Conversational
  • Application: Overseas applications OK

Galileo is looking for a Mechanical Engineer with English abilities to join their international team in Aichi Prefecture, central Japan.

You must have at least one year of mechanical engineering experience and a Bachelor’s degree.

Preference will be given to applicants with experience using CATIA V5, NX, AutoCAD 3D or Solidworks.

Housing allowance and relocation support will be provided as well as business Japanese courses.

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Ninja house in Aomori looking for buyer

The owner of an Edo-era ninja house in Hirosaki City, Aomori, is looking to sell their traditional home. Ideally, the owner would like to find a buyer who wants to preserve the historic home. If not, they may have to demolish it due to the high cost of maintenance.

Some of the features of the house include a hidden compartment between the parlor and bedroom, allowing enough space for someone to hide, along with nightingale floors that are intentionally designed to make a chirping sound when walked upon, alerting occupants of any intruders.

The ninja industry went into decline after the end of the Edo period, but a particular group in the Hirosaki Domain continued long after. Ninjas had been stationed in this district to protect the north from Russian boats that were arriving in Yezo.

Historic ninja houses are becoming increasingly rare.

The To-o Nippo Press, September 8, 2019.
The Hirosaki Keizai Shimbun, November 16, 2019.

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Street style during London Fashion Week has its ups and downs,
but mostly ups. It is an integral part of the event that celebrates all,
that is fashion, here within the UK. New collections, new ideas,
new approaches at old ones. Hugely popular is the latter these days.
On the street you’re seeing more colours, a good selection of ideas are
present in creations, but the strong sence of indivduality is not as strong
or as mind blowing and obvios as it used to be 10,15 years ago or more.
Where are the stand out personalities and characters that freequent our
streets not just during LFW, but always on a weekend or weekdays.

LFW does indeed provide a playground for those that enjoy a little
me me me time, to excel at their narcissistic craft. Not mentioning names.
We celebrate may if not all that dwell within that domain, as we discovered
that realm long ago, and have been keen to bring you its many visual delights.
So feast your eyes upon this se of images we gathered just for you,
here during the first couple of days of London Fashion Week Sept 2019.
This is the lovely Freya. Sunning beauty, edgy looking, and always stylish with
a unique, sence of style that is always a nod to her culture of being born in China
and in fashion too. How cool is this look
She wears a black traditional rice field hat, a dress by XYLONCHEN,
Shoes by Eytys, Belt by Y Project and bag by Saint Laurent.
Here’s another new discovery.
This is the Way cool ! Buying Director for Shyness Space, Shiny Francis.
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