Yomiuri wrote that Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga commented during a regular press briefing on Wednesday on earlier remarks by Finance Minister Aso on the possibility of taking countermeasures against South Korea in relation with the court order to a Japanese company to pay compensation to South Korean requisitioned workers. The paper quoted Suga as reportedly saying that the GOJ will respond appropriately by considering all possible options, including countermeasures. Nikkei wrote that Seoul is becoming increasingly alarmed by the emergence of the idea within the GOJ of possibly imposing economic sanctions on South Korea. The paper wrote that although the ROK government has hinted at taking countermeasures against Japan, the business community there is concerned that such tit-for-tat actions would deal a blow to the economies of both nations.
In a related development, Yomiuri, Sankei, and Nikkei wrote that MOFA announced on Wednesday that Asian and Oceanian Bureau Director-General Kanasugi will visit Seoul on Thursday to hold talks with the South Korean Foreign Ministry’s Northeast Asia Bureau chief Kim Yong-gil on the matter.