South Korea Boycotting Japanese Goods Affects Tourism of Japan
The campaign to boycott Japanese goods is achieving new heights and become more popular in South Korea with each passing day. The nationwide boycott has also promoted the gas and service stations to deny services to Japanese cars.
The cause behind the heightened boycott is believed to be the worsening trade and political tensions between Japan and South Korea. Earlier on July 1, Japan imposed restrictions on the export of materials used to build semi-conductors. This move seems to have affected the Koreans a lot as the semi-conductors industry has large roots in the Korean country.
With this boycott, various trade and income sectors for Japan in South Korea have been negatively impacted. However, it is of notion that the ongoing boycotts against the Japanese goods are impacting the Koreans as well, turning them against each other.
Amidst the boycotts, owners of Japanese cars, who are residents and citizens of South Korea, have complained about the inconvenience they are experiencing. They claim that if a Korean national owns a Japanese car that does not mean they are betraying their country.
The protests have not only led to a downfall in the sales of Japanese beer and the sales of trips to Japan, but also of Japanese condiments, food items and clothes. The increase in participation to boycott the Japanese products has led to crashing of the website called NoNo Japan due to increase in server traffic.
The website furnishes details on Japanese goods along with the local alternatives available. The local media outlet E Today pressed upon the fact that the prime responsibility of the service providers during the boycott is to differentiate between the friends and enemies.
It further said, “A war can never be won if we don’t know if those we are shooting at are our friends or enemies.
“The victim of the gas stations refusing to fill up Japanese cars isn’t the Japanese government but the car owners. If people don’t use gas stations, the victim is not the Japanese government but the gas station owners.”
One of the locals in relation with the ongoing boycott against the Japanese goods said, “I’ve consciously tried to avoid using Japanese products. But ever since the news broadcast [of NoNo Japan] I have been more attentive of my purchases.”
“I have told my kids to stop shopping at Uniqlo [a Japanese casual wear retailer]. Our family members often purchase clothes there. Also I have switched from using Japanese curry to Baeksae curry [a local brand] and stopped drinking Japanese beer.”
The ongoing boycott may not continue for a long time, yet it is beginning to show an impact on the Japanese goods and the tourism of Japan as well. With the upcoming Tokyo Summer Olympics 2020, the move might worry the Japanese government and negatively impact their opportunity to make profits from the Korean tourists.
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