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Japan Ends Curbs on Exports of Chip Materials to South Korea

  • Better ties between neighbors can help US on trade, security
  • Restrictions were introduced in 2019 during political acrimony
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Japan ended restrictions on exports to South Korea of three key compounds used in the manufacture of semiconductors and displays, in the latest step toward improving long fractious ties between the two US allies. 

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry announced Thursday the move to officially ease licensing requirements on fluorinated polyimide, hydrogen fluoride and photoresists, adding the move would take effect the same day. South Korea’s trade ministry simultaneously announced it had withdrawn its complaint to the World Trade Organization over the issue.