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Japan-South Korea rift

South Korean supermarkets shelve orders of Japanese beer

Inventories pile up as boycott over Tokyo trade curbs weighs on sales

South Korean consumers have steered clear of Japanese beer at supermarkets including this store run by Lotte Shopping in Seoul. (Photo by Kenichi Yamada)

SEOUL -- Two major South Korean supermarket operators have halted orders of beer from Japan amid a boycott of Japanese goods, the latest sign that the feud between the two countries is changing consumer habits.

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