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CCS Suga, METI Minister Seko comment on ROK’s removal of Japan from “white list”

  • August 15, 2019
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NHK reported online today that during a news conference this morning, Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga said it is unclear why the ROK decided on Aug. 12 to remove Japan from its “white list” of nations receiving preferential trade treatment. However he refrained from stating a position on this issue or mentioning the impact on Japanese companies. NHK also reported that Minister of Economy, Trade, and Industry Seko said at a news conference this morning that at the working level, Japan is seeking a detailed explanation of the basis for the removal of Japan from the “white list.” Seko also said that judging from the items to be affected, it appears as though there will be little impact on Japan, but METI plans to look into the matter more closely. He further indicated that Japan does not intend to engage the ROK in any discussions on this issue since preferential treatment in trade is granted entirely at the discretion of each country.

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