S. Korea shop owners to boycott Japan goods
AFPSEOUL -- An association of South Korea shop owners Monday urged millions of its members to boycott Japanese goods in protest at Japan's continued claim to a tiny set of islets at the heart of a decades-old dispute.
February 26, 2013, 12:31 am TWN
The Small Local Sales Alliance called on its members, including neighborhood mini-marts, restaurants, pubs, and other stores, to stop selling Japanese goods including cigarettes, liquor and beer, its spokesman told AFP.
“We launched the action in protest at Japan's ridiculous claim over our Dokdo islands,” the spokesman said, referring to the South Korea-controlled islets in the East Sea (Sea of Japan) that are known as Takeshima in Japan.
The alliance claims a membership numbering in the millions.
Japan held an annual rally last week to promote its claim to the island chain. Hundreds of people attended, including the highest-ranking Japanese government official ever dispatched to the event.
South Korea, which had urged Tokyo to cancel Friday's rally, reacted angrily and hundreds of activists staged a protest outside the Japanese embassy in Seoul.