5,000 Japanese Sign Petition Against Export Curbs

  • By Lee Ha-won

    August 01, 2019 09:43

    Almost 5,000 Japanese have signed an online petition urging their government to scrap retaliatory export curbs against Korea.

    The petition is being spearheaded by a group of Japanese intellectuals including Haruki Wada, an emeritus professor at Tokyo University, who started it last Thursday after issuing a statement questioning whether Korea is Japan's enemy.

    As of Wednesday, 4,756 people had signed the petition, 3,226 by name and the rest anonymously.

    They also left some 700 comments, many of them critical of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and stressing the importance of Seoul-Tokyo ties.

    "If we can't get along with our neighbors, it's meaningless for Japan to host the Olympics," one wrote. Others urged the Japanese government to look to the future. "The prosperity of Japan and Asia cannot be possible without friendly relations with neighboring countries. Diplomacy that harms friendly relations with other countries is foolish," said one.

    "The latest crisis is a wasteful act that does not benefit either side. Japan and Korea have a symbiotic relationship and must not become enemies again," wrote another. 

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