Japan OKs Exports of Some Chip Materials to S. Korea

Politics

Tokyo, Aug. 8 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government said Thursday it has given its approval on South Korea-bound shipments of some semiconductor materials for the first time since it tightened controls on such exports last month.

The move came after the industry ministry judged that the products have no military potential through its screening conducted on an individual trade deal basis.

According to the South Korean government, the products that received the approval are resists, which are applied to semiconductor substrates.

On July 4, Japan tightened controls on its exports of three types of semiconductor materials--resists, hydrogen fluoride and fluorinated polyimide--to South Korea, newly requiring exporters of these products to apply for deal-by-deal shipment approval. The step was based on Japan's claim that there were national security concerns as the Asian neighbor's trade management was inadequate.

The South Korean side has been criticizing the measure as a trade embargo. Tokyo is apparently hoping to demonstrate, through the latest partial export approval, that it does give its go-ahead for problem-free exports and that Seoul's claim is unreasonable.

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