Japan Chip Material Exports to S. Korea Down 35.5 Pct in July

Economy

Tokyo, Aug. 29 (Jiji Press)--The value of Japanese exports to South Korea of hydrogen fluoride, one of three semiconductor materials recently subjected to stricter controls, fell 35.5 pct from a year earlier in July, Japan's Finance Ministry said Thursday.

According to additional trade statistics for July published by the ministry, the value of exports fell to 400.97 million yen. The drop was more pronounced when measured by volume, at a decrease of 82.4 pct.

The effect of stricter export controls was clearly visible, as export values for hydrogen fluoride for the year through June had been hovering between 500 million yen and less than 800 million yen per month.

The export controls' effects on two other semiconductor materials subject to the policy, fluorinated polyimide and resists, were unobservable as data for the two materials are listed over several categories of products in the trade statistics report.

The ministry publishes in the middle of the month a preliminary trade statistics report for the previous month, followed by a revised report with data for roughly 6,000 products.

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