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South Korean companies urge diplomacy in Japan export dispute

Seoul seeks support from US and WTO to end Tokyo's curbs on chip materials

The skyline of central Seoul: Many businesses in South Korea want the government to engage in dialogue with Japan.   © Reuters

SEOUL -- South Korean businesses want the government to talk with Japan to resolve the recent dispute involving Tokyo's export curbs on key chipmaking materials, while Seoul pursues a case with the World Trade Organization.

After Japan tightened restrictions on July 4 for exporting the three materials to South Korea, the Federation of Korean Industries surveyed 50 company representatives that have transactions with Japan as well as securities analysts and trade experts.

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