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Anti-Japan sentiment cannot help resolve dispute

President Moon Jae-in's strong rhetoric against Japan on Monday reflected his firm determination not to yield to the neighboring country's apparent economic retaliation over wartime forced labor issues. Moon appeared to deliver a strong message to Tokyo that the Shinzo Abe administration cannot win a trade war.

What's notable is that President Moon has begun to play hardball with Japan, a shift from his initial low-key response to the country's export restrictions imposed against Korea. This was evident when he told a weekly meeting of senior presidential officials: "I warn in advance that the Japanese economy will suffer greater damage in the end." It was........

© The Korea Times