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Japan-South Korea rift

A year on, Moon presses ahead with made-in-Korea drive

Seoul expands support for local production of high-tech materials

Seoul is trying to expand homegrown supply of high-tech materials as Japan continues to limit exports of chipmaking materials bound for South Korea.   © Reuters

SEOUL -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in has tripled the number of high-tech materials that will receive government research funding, targeting robotics, energy and software, expanding the program one year after its launch in response to Japanese export restrictions.

The government unveiled Thursday an expanded list of 338 items designated as strategic products, earmarking 2 trillion won ($1.67 billion) a year in additional research and development spending. The aim is to increase homegrown supply of cutting-edge materials that the country had relied on Japan for.

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