S. Korea's imports of Japanese beer jump in Oct. amid weaker boycott
Tensions between the two countries flared in July 2019 when Japan tightened controls on South Korean exports, targeting materials used in memory chips and display screens
/NOVOSTIVL/ South Korea's imports of Japanese beer spiked in October from a year earlier due to stepped-up marketing activities amid a weaker local boycott of goods from the neighboring country, data showed Monday.
Seoul brought in $370,000 worth of Japanese beer in October, up a whopping 873.7 percent from the same month last year when the boycott was in full swing, according to the data from the Korea Customs Service and the liquor industry.
Imports of Japanese beer had been on the upswing in recent months. Imports soared 38.1 percent on-year to $308,000 in August and shot up 57.8 times to $347,000.
An industry source said importers, convenience stores and large discounters have been ramping up promotions as the boycott of Japanese consumer goods shows signs of losing momentum.
In July last year, South Koreans launched the boycott in protest of Japan's export restrictions of some key industrial materials to South Korea. Tokyo made the move as the top court in South Korea ordered Japanese firms to compensate Korean victims of Japan's wartime forced labor in 2018.
Yet, the October tally was far lower than pre-boycott levels.
Imports of Japanese beer came to $7.73 million in October 2018.
Full-year imports of Japanese beer increased from $52.94 million in 2016 to $79.99 million in 2017 and $86.68 million in 2018 before tumbling to $47.31 million last year.