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International relations

Japan sanctions threat on South Korea sparks supply chain fears

Companies on both sides worry about further deterioration in vital trade relationship

A Samsung chipmaking facility in Hwaseong. The South Korean group depends on Japanese suppliers. (Photo courtesy of Samsung Electronics)

SEOUL -- The prospect that Japan could impose economic sanctions on South Korea over a legal dispute concerning wartime labor cases has raised anxiety in Seoul and among companies on both sides that depend on cross-border supply chains.

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