|Korean students stage a rally near the Japanese Embassy in Seoul, Wednesday, to denounce the Japanese government's recent decision to restrict the export of some key industrial materials to Korea. AP|
By Jung Min-ho
Nearly 67 percent of Koreans say they are willing to boycott Japanese products after Tokyo's recent decision to restrict the export of some key industrial materials to Korea.
According to a survey by local pollster Realmeter Thursday, 66.8 percent of Koreans said they would join the boycott, while 26.8 percent said they would not.
The survey was conducted Wednesday, nine days after the Japanese government said it would restrict the export of some critical tech materials, including fluorinated polyimides, which are used in organic light-emitting diode (OLED) screens for TVs and smartphones ― in apparent revenge for last year's Supreme Court rulings against Japanese firms over wartime forced labor.
More than 83 percent of the governing Democratic Party of Korea said they would join the boycott, followed by the minor liberal Justice Party supporters (76.8 percent) and the main opposition Liberty Korea Party (44.5 percent).
People who identified as progressives showed higher support for the boycott (80.6 percent) than moderates (69.3 percent) and conservatives (51.7 percent).