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Japan Will Impose Restrict Exports of Some Tech Materials To South Korea

Japan’s ministry said on Monday that it will impose restrictions on exports of some tech materials including polyamides used in flexible displays made by companies like Samsung Electronics. The restriction comes after citing a decline of “relations of international trust” between the two Asian countries.

The list of the restricted items will go into effect on 4th July which includes fluorinated polyimides and etching gas and gas used to make semiconductors. This means that every Japanese manufacturer who supplies components need to go under approval for each technology-related contract to the companies such as Samsung, LG, SK Hynix, etc.

The decision for restriction has not been cleared yet but the relations have been soured since South Korea Supreme Court ordered the seizing of the assets of the Japanese companies after it refused to compensate forced laborers during World War II. This includes companies such as  Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp. and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries whose assets are seized for liquidation.

In a landmark ruling in October, South Korea’s top court ordered Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp. to pay 100 million won ($88,000) each to four plaintiffs forced to work for the company when Japan colonized the Korean Peninsula from 1910-45.

After the ruling Japanese government claimed that the deal was settled in 1965 as part of the treaty that restored the basic diplomatic relations and also asked South Korea to put the matter in front of the International attribution panel. While South Korea says that the move by the Japanese government is “unjust’ and violated the rules of the World Trade Organization.

South Korea “thinks this Japanese measure is regrettable,” Park Tae-sung, a senior official at the Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Energy, told reporters in South Korea. Amidst the restrictions, the South Korean companies are assessing how possibly restrictions will impact their business.

In a landmark ruling in October, South Korea’s top court ordered Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp. to pay 100 million won ($88,000) each to four plaintiffs forced to work for the company when Japan colonized the Korean Peninsula from 1910-45.

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