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Businesses fret about Japan-South Korea diplomatic spat

Lawmaker's remarks about Japanese emperor add to tensions

South Korean protesters rally in Seoul in November to demand compensation from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries for people forced to work for the company during World War II.  (Photo by Yosuke Onchi)

TOKYO/SEOUL -- Businesses in Japan and South Korea are on alert as tensions flared again this week between Tokyo and Seoul over the legacy of Japanese colonialism and recent naval run-ins.

While many businesses have yet to see an impact on sales or profits from months of building tensions, several told the Nikkei Asian Review they would be concerned if the tensions continued unchecked.

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