Japan, S. Korea to Hold 1st Policy Dialogue in Over 3 Years

Politics

Vienna, Dec. 5 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese and South Korean governments said Thursday that they will hold a bureau-chief-level policy dialogue in Tokyo on Dec. 16, over Japan's tightening earlier this year of export controls on South Korea.

The two sides agreed to hold the policy dialogue, which will be the first since June 2016, at a preparatory meeting in Vienna on Wednesday.

Speaking to reporters in Tokyo, Japanese Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Hiroshi Kajiyama suggested that Japan could review the tighter export controls if the South Korean side improves its export management system.

Kajiyama pointed to "insufficiencies" in South Korea's export controls, such as poor export screenings.

The Japanese government attributes the tighter export controls to its concern that security-sensitive Japanese products could be leaked via South Korea to third countries.

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