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Japan, ROK remain apart on export controls

  • October 13, 2019
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All national dailies wrote on Sunday that Japan and South Korea failed to narrow their differences over Japan’s tightened regulations on exports to South Korea at their first bilateral meeting held on Friday in Geneva under the WTO framework. Director-General Kuroda at METI’s Multilateral Trade System Department told his ROK counterpart that Japan believes that it is necessary for the country to appropriately control exports of three semiconductor-related materials that could be used for military purposes because there have been instances of improper trade control in South Korea. Japan also stressed that it is not appropriate to bring this dispute to the WTO. However, the South Korean side demanded that Japan immediately rescind the tightened regulations, insisting that they are “arbitrary and discriminatory and violate WTO rules.” According to the papers, Japan accepted South Korea’s proposal to hold a second meeting on the matter.

 

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