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Korea and Japan are fighting over tradeA Korean court said that a Japanese company needs to give some Korean people money. So, Japan has stopped sending some products to Korea because they are angry. 

During World War II, Japan controlled Korea. They made Korean people work without pay. The Korean court said the Japanese company needs to pay these people. Japan says they already paid these people. This fight has been happening for a long time.

In 1965, there was an agreement between Korea and Japan. This agreement made peace between the countries. Japan gave Korea $800 million to help them grow.  In the agreement, Japan asked Korea if they wanted money for the people they made work. Korea said they would pay those people with part of the money Japan gave them.

Now, Korea says the agreement was not to help those people. They say Japan still needs to say sorry and pay for the hurt people. Japan says they already paid. It does not seem like the problem will be solved any time soon.

Difficult words

Trade (n/v): The buying and selling of goods and services.

Court (n):  A place where crimes and punishments are decided.

Product (n): Something which is made by a company to sell.

Control (n): Telling someone or something what to do.

Agreement (n): People or groups deciding together what to do.

Peace (n): Stop fighting

Activities

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American English:

Match the Synonym!

 1. Trade  A. Power
 2. Peace  B. Having the same opinion.
 3. Product  C. Swap
 4. Control  D. An object for sale.
 5. Agree  E. No fighting.

True or False?

1. Korea controlled Japan in World War II. T / F

2. Japan paid Korea $800 million. T / F

3. Korea and Japan are fighting. T / F

4. The Korean court told the Japanese government to pay money. T / F

5. Korea has stopped sending products to Japan. T / F

Unscramble the sentence!

1. Japan / fighting / are / Korea / over / trade / and

2. Japan / products / to / stopped / sending / has / Korea / some

3. peace / agreement / This / made

4. $800 / gave / million / Japan / Korea

5. paid / Japan / they / says / already

Listening and Vocabulary

Listen to the article and fill in the words OR practice vocabulary and fill in the words.

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American English:

Fight Agreement Korea
Japan Trade Money

Korea and Japan are fighting over _______A Korean court said that a Japanese company needs to give some Korean people money. So, Japan has stopped sending some products to Korea because they are angry. 

During World War II, Japan controlled _______. They made Korean people work without pay. The Korean court said the Japanese company needs to pay these people. Japan says they already paid these people. This _______ has been happening for a long time.

In 1965, there was an _______ between Korea and Japan. This agreement made peace between the countries. Japan gave Korea $800 million to help them grow.  In the agreement, Japan asked Korea if they wanted _______ for the people they made work. Korea said they would pay those people with part of the money Japan gave to them.

Now, Korea says the agreement was not to help those people. They say _______ still needs to say sorry and pay for the hurt people. Japan says they already paid. It does not seem like the problem will be solved any time soon.

Conversation Questions

Take turns speaking with a partner or try to answer on your own:

1. Did you find this article interesting? Why or why not?
2. Did you learn anything new from this article? If so, what?
3. What do you think of this story?
4. What do you think can be done to help the situation between Korea and Japan?
5. Do you think either country is right?
6. Does your country have a difficult relationship with any other countries?
7. Have you ever been to Korea or Japan?
8. Do boycotts work?
9. How important is trade to your country?
10. Where is the most popular place for people in your country to travel to?
11. What is the most important export for your country?
12. Should countries be punished today for things they did a very long time ago?
13. What is the worst thing to happen in your country?
14. Should politics between countries affect how the countries people interact with each other?
15. Does your country have anything in its history that people are not proud of?
16. Is it important to teach today’s children the faults of a country’s past?
17. Are there any countries that you wouldn’t visit for political reasons?
18. Have you ever participated in a boycott?
19. What is an import that your country couldn’t go without?
20. Do you think trade is a positive thing or should countries be more independent?