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Japan summons SKorean envoy to protest wartime labor dispute

Jul. 19, 2019 8:19 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's foreign minister on Friday summoned South Korea's ambassador and accused Seoul of violating international law by refusing to join in an arbitration panel to settle a dispute over World War II forced labor. The neighboring countries are quarreling over South Korean court decisions...

South Korean dies from self-immolation near Japan's embassy

Jul. 19, 2019 5:38 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A 78-year-old South Korean man died hours after setting himself ablaze near the Japanese Embassy in Seoul on Friday, police said, at a time of worsening tensions between Seoul and Tokyo. The man, surnamed Kim, ignited a fire inside his car parked in front of the building where the...

The Latest: S. Korean man dies of burns near Japan Embassy

Jul. 19, 2019 1:56 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on a South Korean man who set himself on fire in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul (all times local): 2:50 p.m. Police say a 78-year-old South Korean man who set himself ablaze near the Japanese Embassy in Seoul has died. The incident comes amid rising trade and...

AP Photos: Editor selections from the past week in Asia

Jul. 18, 2019 11:56 PM EDT

A South Korean man throws kimchi, the traditional pungent vegetable, at a fellow protester wearing the mask of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during an anti-Japanese rally in Seoul. In other images from the Asia-Pacific region this week, children are hit by strong waves along Manila Bay in the Philippine...

South Korean political parties back Moon in Japan trade row

Jul. 18, 2019 10:23 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Setting aside their usual bickering, South Korean liberal and conservative parties on Thursday vowed to cooperate to help the Seoul government prevail in an escalating trade row with Japan. After a meeting between the parties' leaders and South Korean President Moon Jae-in at...

South Korea faces potential WCup qualifier in North Korea

Jul. 18, 2019 8:26 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea and North Korea will meet on the qualifying path to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar but it's unclear whether a rare match between them in Pyongyang will materialize considering their political tension. With the Koreas, there's never a separation between sports and...

South Korea's central bank lowers rate amid Japan trade row

Jul. 18, 2019 3:25 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's central bank on Thursday cut its policy rate for the first time in three years to shore up growth threatened by a trade dispute with Japan. The Bank of Korea lowered its key interest rate by a quarter percentage point to 1.50% following a meeting of its monetary...

US wants role in efforts to settle South Korea-Japan dispute

Jul. 17, 2019 5:39 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The United States will "do what it can" to help resolve festering trade and political disputes between South Korea and Japan, a senior U.S. official said Wednesday after a series of meetings with Seoul officials. David Stilwell, the top U.S. diplomat for East Asian affairs, is in...

The Latest: Japan urges South Korea to agree to arbitration

Jul. 17, 2019 5:02 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on trade and political disputes between Japan and South Korea (all times local): 6 p.m. Japan is making a final call for South Korea to agree to Japanese-requested arbitration over the Korean wartime labor dispute, while hinting at possible retaliation. Deputy Chief...

Former Mitsubishi workers seek assets sale for forced labor

Jul. 16, 2019 11:50 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Colonial-era Korean workers want a court to allow the sale of assets of their former Japanese employer so they can be compensated for forced labor decades ago. The development comes as South Korea and Japan spar over historical issues and a decision by Tokyo to tighten controls on...