Japan Ends Gathering of Opinions on Removal of S. Korea from "White" List
Tokyo, July 24 (Jiji Press)--The period of the Japanese government soliciting public comments on its plan to remove South Korea from the so-called white list of trusted trading partners qualified for simplified export procedures ended on Wednesday.
The Japanese government is expected to decide to take the step at a cabinet meeting after examining the opinions. The second-round tightening of exports to the neighboring country would come into force next month.
Over 10,000 comments collected include a statement by the South Korean government calling for scrapping the plan.
On July 4, the Japanese government made stricter its screening of applications for exports of three types of semiconductor materials to South Korea on the grounds that some exported materials had been handled inappropriately in the country. The Japanese move came amid deteriorating bilateral relations due to wartime labor and other issues.
In its position statement, Seoul maintained that South Korea strictly manages exports in order to prevent the materials from being used for making not only weapons of mass destruction but conventional arms in third countries.
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