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Japan OKs 2nd material export to S. Korea under new curbs: report

  • August 20, 2019
  • , Jiji Press , 8:49 a.m.
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Seoul, Aug. 20 (Jiji Press) — The Japanese government has approved the second export to South Korea of a certain semiconductor material among those subject to tighter export controls imposed last month, according to a South Korean media report.

The Yonhap news agency reported Monday that the approval was given to a contract dealing with resists, used in semiconductor substrates. Industry and government sources said that the resists will be shipped to South Korean electronics giant Samsung Electronics Co., according to the report.

Tokyo gave its first approval under the new curbs to a contract also involving resists earlier this month.

“It is good news” that Japan has approved another shipment of resists, but “there are still many concerns” as Tokyo has yet to give its go-ahead to exports of other materials subject to tighter export controls, the news agency reported an industry source as saying.

On July 4, Japan tightened controls on exports of three semiconductor materials–resists, hydrogen fluoride and fluorinated polyimide–to South Korea, citing security concerns from the Asian neighbor’s “poor” trade management.

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