As the trade row between South Korea and Japan begins to spill over to other areas such as travels, cultural, and people to people exchanges, let's try to get a pulse of what the sentiment is like on the ground in Japan.
Joining me live is Stephen Nagy, professor of Politics and International Studies at International Christian University in Tokyo.
How do the average Japanese feel about Abe admin’s latest string of trade measures and its spillover effects in japan-sk travels, cultural and people to people exchange and a surge in SKns’ boycott of Jap products?
What’s the general feeling there?
We’ve been seeing anti-white list rallies and No Abe protests take place in Tokyo in the last few days. What are their key arguments? Do you see this sentiment picking up momentum in Japan?
Japanese local dailies have also begun churning out op-eds condemning Abe’s measures and standing up for the spirit of free trade. How prevalent is this view within Japan?
There also appears to be growing concerns in Japan that Tokyo’s export controls measures might eventually backfire at Japan’s economy. Are Japanese economists really concerned about this and what kind of local firms (or industries) in Japan fear the most damage from this trade dispute?