[OP-ED] Is Japan and South Korea Finally Ending Their Long Trade War? Maybe Not?

Jay Yim, Oct. 23, 2019, 5:57 p.m.

It seems like Japan and South Korea are finally looking to end their long-going trade war.

Due to their constant disputes, both Japan and South Korea have been suffering. The increasing costs are probably gonna force the two countries to end their trade dispute and also their tensions from their historical past. Even still, it isn't going to be an easy process because of the trust that was once there but now has been shattered.

There is not doubt that relations between the two countries have sunk to a long-term low, but both have signaled that they are seeking a solution to mend relations once again.

When Moon Jae In wanted to visit Tokyo for the ceromony enthronement of Emperor Naruhito and meet Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the Japanese government reportedly expressed that they would rather have Prime Minister Lee Nak Yon come so they could figure out ways to ease the tensions that have led to the current situations in both nations.

Apparently, Lee's meeting with Abe is scheduled for either October 23 or 24. It seems like things are heading in the right direction, but still, seeing as to what has happened since this trade war started, mending relations won't be easy at all. Or, maybe, those speculations might be wrong, and things will go smoothly without issue.

Japan and Korea have had an ugly history together. Back when Japan conquered Korea, they forced people into labor and sexually abused the women. And, as you can see, the whole trade war started because of this and the fact that Japan is playing dumb and not apologizing for their actions all those years ago.

So, can we say that things will go without issue and the two nations can finally be friends again? It might probably be a little bit of a stretch, but you never know what could happen in these situations. No one can predict what will happen, so both countries should go into this reconciliation process with open minds, and obviously, with the intention to solve problems, and eventually, mend the once solid relations.

What do you guys think? Will Japan and Korea be able to mend their relationship after everything that has happened? Or will they come to road block and continue their trade dispute? Let us know in the comments down below.

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