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Japanese beauty retailer DHC to quit S. Korean business

Industry 14:15 September 02, 2021

SEOUL, Sept. 2 (Yonhap) -- The South Korean arm of DHC Corp., a Japanese retailer of beauty and health products, said Thursday it will pull its business out following plunges in sales apparently driven by a nationwide boycott of Japan-made goods.

DHC Korea Inc., which advanced in the country in April 2002, said on its website the local business will only operate until Sept. 15.

This image, captured from the website of the South Korean arm of DHC Corp., a Japanese retailer of beauty and health products, says it is pulling out of South Korea. (Yonhap)

The company reportedly has suffered plunges in sales following a years-long boycott sparked by its CEO Yoshiaki Yoshida's racially discriminatory remarks against Koreans during the peak of political rows between the two countries.

Sales of several Japanese retailers, including fashion powerhouse Uniqlo, also took a beating as Korean consumers have boycotted Japanese products since July 2019 in protest of Japan's export restrictions of some key industrial materials shipped to South Korea.

The trade curbs were imposed after the South Korean top court in 2018 ordered Japanese firms to compensate Korean victims of Japan's wartime forced labor.

Shu Uemura, a Japanese beauty brand under L'Oreal Group, also announced earlier this year it will pull out of South Korea after 16 years.

khj@yna.co.kr
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