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S. Korea-Japan relations following Japan's upper house election Updated: 2019-07-22 16:40:45 KST

It's already been over two weeks since Japan imposed measures to tighten restrictions on exports to South Korea of key industrial materials.
Eyes have also been on how the result of Japan's upper house election might affect the situation in the region.
On Sunday, Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party increased its majority in the House of Councillors.
So where are Korea-Japan relations headed?
For more on this, Doctor Kim Sang-woo of the East Asia Cultral Project joins us in the studio today.
So good to have you with us


1- So is the latest election in Japan considered as Abe's victory?
How would you assess the results of Sunday's elections?

2- There's been speculation that Abe imposed such measures on South Korea to earn the support of its conservative voters.
So now that the elections are over, what are the chances that Japan could withdraw the trade restrictions against Seoul?

3- The Japanese government is asking for opinions from the public until this Wednesday before it decides whether or not to take South Korea off of its whitelist of trading partners.
Why is Japan continuing to pressure South Korea despite the fact that the elections are over and what would being taken off the whitelist mean for South Korea?

4- However, Abe failed to achieve the two-thirds majority needed to amend the constitution, which has been Abe's signature goal.
What does this tell us about the Japanese public's sentiment towards amending their constitution?

5- So with slimmer chances of achieving his long-cherished goal to amend the constitution before his term ends in 2021 why is Abe trying so hard to revise the constitution?

6- With the deepening diplomatic spat between Seoul and Tokyo, there are growing doubts over the fate of their military intelligence-sharing pact, known as the General Security of Military Information Agreement, or GSOMIA.
Tell us more about this agreement and what it would mean if it gets revoked?

7- Now, following Japan's export curbs, more South Koreans are hitting back by boycotting travel to Japan as well as refusing to buy or eat Japanese products and foods.
What are your thoughts on this?

8- Apparently this whole situation has been putting Washington on edge as the U.S. is keen on boosting cooperation with its two Asian allies to promote regional stability amid North Korea's lingering nuclear threats and China's growing assertiveness in the region.
What role could the U.S. play from here on out amid soured relations between South Korea and Japan?

Thank you for your insight today.

Thank you.
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