- South Korean and Japanese companies battle each other in the same export market. Whether it is automotive or consumer electronics they are major competitors. Japanese companies have been losing the battle for the past few years. Samsung is #1 in LED TVs, smartphones, tablets while Sony and Panasonic are soundly defeated. With the devaluation of the Yen, the Japanese will be even more competitive. South Korea is right to be worried about their exports. The USD-JPY is heading towards 100 and some say even 120!
South Korea Starts Currency War Rumblings; Has Japan In Its Sights!
by Tyler Durden, www.zerohedge.com
While the rest of the developed (read trade deficit) world’s foray into the currency wars was completely predictable and expected, there was one country that had so far kept very silent on the topic of Japan’s attempts to crush its currency: its main export competitor, South Korea. Recall that for this Asian nation exports are everything, and as Yonhap reminds us, “exports of goods and services amounted to 538.5 trillion won (US$506 billion) in the January-September period, or 57.3 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP), according to the data by the Bank of Korea. The reading was higher than 56.2 percent tallied for all of 2011 and the highest since the central bank began compiling related data in 1970, and South Korea’s exports accounted for 13.2 percent of its GDP.”
The reason for South Korea’s relative silence is that, as we showed yesterday, in the global race to debase launched with the end of the Bretton Woods, it was the undisputed leader, outdoing even the US. (see top of post)
Moments ago South Korea may have just had enough and broke the seal on its code of silence. As Reuters reports, “South Korea said that while the Group of 20 nations at their meeting last weekend did not single out Japan for monetary and fiscal measures that have weakened the yen, the group did not exactly endorse Japan’s quantitative easing policy, which in fact stirred controversy.”