Japan Promulgates Ordinance to Tighten Export Controls on S. Korea

Politics

Tokyo, Aug. 7 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government Wednesday promulgated a revised ordinance to remove South Korea from a list of trusted trading partners qualified for preferential treatment in export procedures, effective from Aug. 28.

The revision was announced on an official gazette Wednesday. At a cabinet meeting Friday, the government approved the revised ordinance, which will expand the scope of items subject to stricter restrictions when exported to South Korea.

After the effectuation, individual trade ministry approval will be needed in principle for exports of some items such as machine tools and advanced materials, as these could be used for military purposes.

Similar approval will be required for other items excluding foods and wood materials if the ministry sees military potential in them, increasing the possibility of disruptions of South Korean imports from Japan.

Bilateral relations have worsened since autumn last year, when the South Korean Supreme Court issued the first of its orders for Japanese firms to pay compensation to South Korean plaintiffs for wartime labor.

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