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JAPAN AND SOUTH KOREA: ANYTHING BUT TWO PEAS IN A POD
Published November 21, 1995
Japan and South Korea are "bidding ferociously" against each other for the rights to the 2002 World Cup, according to the FINANCIAL TIMES. The competition has fed into ongoing "quarrels" over events that took place during World War II, and South Korean Prime Minister Lee Hong-Ko has warned that the World Cup bidding could worsen matters. FINANCIAL TIMES' Terazono & Burton write, if South Korea gets the games, it could be a "fatal blow" to the Japanese professional soccer league, as Japan has never made it to the World Cup finals and could give up on the sport. If Japan wins, it would add to a "long list of grudges" South Korea has against Japan. FIFA decided against moving the decision up to December '95. An announcement is still expected in June '96 (FINANCIAL TIMES, 11/18-19 issue).