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South Korea initiating WTO complaint over Japan trade curbs

Sep. 11, 2019 12:47 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea said Wednesday it will initiate a complaint to the World Trade Organization over Japan's tightened export controls on key materials South Korean companies use to make computer chips and displays. South Korea, which has accused Tokyo of weaponizing trade to retaliate...

Japan's move to lower South Korea trade status takes effect

Aug. 28, 2019 3:19 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's downgrading of South Korea's trade status took effect Wednesday, a decision that has already set off a series of reactions hurting their relations. Japanese manufacturers now must apply for approval for each technology-related contract for South Korean export, rather than the simpler...

Japan OKs 1st export to South Korea under new trade curbs

Aug. 8, 2019 8:05 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan said Thursday it has granted its first permit for a South Korea-bound shipment of chemicals to produce high-tech materials under Tokyo's new export requirement that has increased tensions with Seoul. Trade Minister Hiroshige Seko made a rare announcement of the approval, saying that...

The Latest: US says Japan-South Korea committed nuke efforts

Aug. 2, 2019 10:35 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on Japan downgrading South Korea's trade status (all times local): 11:25 p.m. Senior U.S. officials say they don't expect an escalating dispute between Japan and South Korea to affect cooperation on efforts to get North Korea to get rid of its nuclear weapons. Four officials say...

SKorea vows countermeasures as Japan downgrades trade status

Aug. 2, 2019 6:33 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Cabinet on Friday approved the removal of South Korea from a list of countries with preferential trade status, prompting retaliation from Seoul where a senior official summoned the Japanese ambassador and told him that South Koreans may no longer consider Japan a friendly nation. The...

Japan-Korea trade spat to intensify with new export limits

Jul. 29, 2019 8:26 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Antagonisms between South Korea and Japan are already at the boiling point. They're bound to deepen with Tokyo's plan to expand controls over exports of sensitive materials by dropping its neighbor from a list of 27 countries granted preferential trade status. The decision, expected soon, will...

Japan to pursue SKorea trade curbs, citing lax trade control

Jul. 24, 2019 9:43 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's trade minister said Wednesday he will go ahead with a plan to strip South Korea of its preferred status in export licensing, saying Seoul has failed to provide a convincing explanation to address Japan's doubts that South Korean export control is strict enough to catch sensitive...