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Japan beer exports to Korea hit zero amid trade spat

Japan beer exports to Korea hit zero amid trade spat

Japanese beer exports to South Korea hit zero last month amid boycotts sparked by a simmering trade row between the Asian neighbours.

Official figures on Thursday showed Japan food exports were down 58.1% in October, according to broadcaster NHK.

Sake shipments tumbled more than 90% and instant noodles also flat-lined, it said.

What began as a diplomatic feud over wartime labour compensation has evolved into a trade row between the countries.

The dispute has hit various industries, from Japanese car makers to Korean electronics suppliers.

Beer-sellers have been among the hardest hit. Japan shipped 800.34m yen ($7.3m; £5.6m) worth of beer to South Korea last October, according to news agency Kyodo.

South Korea is one of the biggest markets for Japanese beer, accounting for about 60% of total overseas shipments last year, Kyodo said.