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Japan-South Korea rift

From beer to travel, Japan Inc. stung by South Korean boycott

Consumer hostility dents sales and foils promotional plans

More than 23,000 stores in South Korea were participating in a boycott of Japanese goods as of July 16, according to an industry group official. (Photo by Kenichi Yamada)

SEOUL/TOKYO -- With Japan and South Korea continuing to feud over Tokyo's controls on exports of chipmaking materials, Japanese companies are increasingly feeling the heat as boycotts by South Korean consumers pick up steam.

The campaign first took off among smaller businesses. Midsize convenience stores in Seoul prominently display stickers declaring that they do not stock Japanese alcohol.

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