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Japan to Restrict Exports of Three Chemicals Key to Semiconductor Industry in South Korea

Japan announced that it will remove South Korea from the “whitelist” in the Export Trade Management Order through an amendment act, and South Korea’s imports from Japan will lose preferential treatment. The export of fluorinated polyimides, photoresist and high-purity hydrogen fluoride from Japan to South Korea will be subject to heightened restrictions, which will impact local high-tech industry.

On 1st July, Japan Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) issued a notice [1] that they would review the export controls of South Korea, two specific actions were included in the notice. One action is to review the export control category of South Korea. The other is to switch export licenses for several materials from a comprehensive export license to individual export licenses. 

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