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South Korea's move to cut tech reliance on Japan likely a mistake

Efforts to develop domestic industries risk eating up valuable resources

South Korea's massive chipmaking industry relies on imports of Japanese-made materials. Now Seoul wants to change that.

TOKYO -- South Korea announced in early August that it would end its reliance on Japanese suppliers for materials key to its high-tech electronics industry.

The move came in response to Japan's decision to strip South Korea of its status as a trusted trade partner. That has created uncertainty about supplies of components vital to South Korea's chipmakers and electronics manufacturers.

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