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Moon, Abe, do some art!

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President Moon Jae-in and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan. AP-Yonhap
By Oh Young-jin

There are some myths as Korea and Japan are locked in a trade dispute triggered by the latter's virtual embargo on essential items for Korea's bread-and-butter industry of semiconductor manufacturing. Here are three.

1) Japan's export curbs caught the Moon Jae-in government caught off guard.

Many factors indicate this may have been the case because, above all, there had been no efforts to stock up on those items following Tokyo's announcement. Broadly, it appears correct that the government had anticipated a reaction one way or another from Japan after the Supreme Court ruled that Japanese firms mobilized for their country's war efforts owed Korean workers compensation. There are indications that efforts were made to delay the ruling under the previous Park Geun-hye administration because of the potential damage to the already soured bilateral relationship.

The Moon government has been consistent in dealing resolutely with Japan's aggressive act. President Moon first called on Japan to drop its plan and warned Abe about the consequences. This consistency was due to the guiding principle of the Moon administration to liquidate past ills, many of which it sees as stemming from Japan's 45-year imperial rule of Korea.........

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