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The Guardian (March 23)

2020/ 03/ 23 by jd in Global News

“Canada said it will not send athletes to Tokyo Olympics, New Zealand said it would consider boycotting Tokyo 2020 and Australia told its olympic athletes to prepare for the games to be held next year, in 2021 – all in the wake of Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, saying postponement could be an option.”


Wall Street Journal (July 19)

2019/ 07/ 21 by jd in Global News

“What began as an obscure, tech-supply trade fight between Tokyo and Seoul has now erupted into a boycott mushrooming across South Korea, a backlash targeting Japanese apparel, travel and electronics.” According to a recent poll, “most South Koreans are avoiding Japan-made products.”


Wall Street Journal (June 9)

2015/ 06/ 11 by jd in Global News

With the unfolding FIFA scandal, the legitimacy of Russia’s successful bid to host the World Cub may be called into question. To some, the bribery is irrelevant. “Why not at least threaten a boycott of the Cup for as long as Russian troops remain in Ukraine? The average Russian couldn’t care less that the deputy prime minister is under international sanctions for Moscow’s seizure of Crimea. But soccer-mad Russians would care, a lot, if the games were taken from them.”


The Global Times (February 26)

2015/ 02/ 27 by jd in Global News

“Japan used to dominate the global household electrical appliance market, but now consumers only recognize its toilet seats or rice cookers, which demonstrates the regression of its industry. The growing popularity of Chinese household electrical appliances has gradually squeezed the sphere which used to be taken up by ‘Made in Japan’ goods.” This makes it a shame “that Chinese tourists spent 6 billion yuan ($959.4 million)” in Japan, purchasing such items during the spring holidays” and also “makes a mockery of China’s boycott of Japanese goods.”


U.S. News & World Report (November 26, 2013)

2013/ 11/ 28 by jd in Global News

“It is truly disgraceful to ruin the holidays of so many retail workers by requiring them to deal with shoppers–especially cranky, crazed discount shoppers–on a day when they should be relaxing and enjoying football and a big meal.” Traditionally, U.S. consumers celebrate a relaxing Thanksgiving on Thursday, and shop like mad the next day when stores reopen on “Black Friday.” This year, however, many stores are opening on Thanksgiving. “The only way to stop the madness is to kill it off from the other end, and boycott any kind of shopping on Thanksgiving Day…. If no one buys, they won’t try this offensive stunt again next year.”


Wall Street Journal (April 10, 2013)

2013/ 04/ 11 by jd in Global News

South Korea should capitalize on the North’s latest threat to boycott the Kaesong special economic zone. It’s time to say “good riddance” to a zone which “merely props up the Kim regime…. South Korean President Park Geun-hye should seize this opportunity to declare Kaesong a misguided experiment and shut it down for good.”


The Washington Post (September 8)

2011/ 09/ 09 by jd in Global News

“The slaughter in Syria goes on.” The Post is convinced it won’t end until Bashar al-Assad’s regime comes to an end. The EU’s boycott of oil from Syria is one promising development. “Syria is vulnerable to an economic squeeze. The more that Western governments can apply it, the greater the chance of saving lives.”