* Date : 2019-08-15
Japan’s export restrictions on South Korea have triggered a full-blown trade war between the two countries. With the situation worsening by the day, how are conscientious Japanese experts analysing the current circumstances?
Yukio HATOYAMA / Former Japanese Prime Minister
We must prevent the situation from worsening at all costs, in this stage. The two governments must engage in rational and intellectual discussions, for the withdrawal of Japan’s decision to remove South Korea from its whitelist.
The people of Japan and South Korea on the other hand, will always be the same.Therefore, it is necessary for the people of the two countries to be on the same page and to maintain relations moving forward.
Takashi HIROSE / Non-Fiction Writer
The Abe administration must sincerely apologize, not to the South Korean government, but to the South Korean people and promise to redress the victims of forced labor. The problem will be solved right then and there.
Haruki WADA, Professor Emeritus / Tokyo University
The important thing to note is that the relations between South Korea and Japan will always endure. The Abe administration is only a temporary problem. It is a temporary government. The Prime Minister will eventually change.