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S. Korea small businesses to boycott Japan goods

Published on Feb 25, 2013 2:02 PM

SEOUL (AFP) - An association of South Korea shopowners on 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.

The Small Local Sales Alliance called on its members, including neighbourhood 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.

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