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Japanese Government Allows Semiconductor Material Export to South Korea
To Temper Global Criticism Against Export Restrictions
Japanese Government Allows Semiconductor Material Export to South Korea
  • By Michael Herh
  • August 9, 2019, 08:44
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South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yeon presides over a policy coordination meeting in Seoul on Aug. 8.

The Japanese government has issued an export permit regarding semiconductor material shipment to Samsung Electronics in about one month after the implementation of its export restrictions targeting the three semiconductor materials of hydrogen fluoride, photoresist and fluorine polyimide.

The export permit is to get the upper hand in international arguments by refuting the South Korean government’s assertion that the restrictions constitute an export embargo. The Japanese government has applied mandatory individual export permission to the three items exported to South Korea since July 4. At present, the South Korean government is planning to file a WTO suit concerning the restrictions.

Japanese newspapers, in the meantime, reported on Aug. 8 that the Japanese government will expand the mandatory individual permission to cover about 240 items, including chemical and biological weapons raw materials, sensors and radar-related items.

The South Korean government is pacing itself after the export permit. Previously, it was planning to exclude Japan from its trade white list. It currently classifies strategic item export destinations into two groups. The first group consists of 29 white list countries, including the United States, Britain, Germany, Australia and Japan, and they can receive comprehensive export licenses.