Strained Seoul ties with Tokyo worsening

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Experts warn of escalation of retaliation if Japan-bashing by South Korea continues

Animosity between South Korea and Japan looks set to worsen in the lead-up to the 100th anniversary of Korea's 1919 independence movement against Japanese rule on March 1, as diplomatic spats over issues like comfort women and forced wartime labour have deepened in recent months.

The two neighbours are also embroiled in a radar dispute that they have so far failed to resolve.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 17, 2019, with the headline 'Strained Seoul ties with Tokyo worsening'. Print Edition | Subscribe