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Japan-South Korea rift

Japan lifts chipmaking export controls on South Korea

Seoul drops WTO dispute process as Yoon and Kishida seek common ground in Tokyo

The flags of South Korea and Japan are hoisted ahead of the arrival of South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol at Haneda Airport in Tokyo on March 16.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan lifted export controls it had imposed on South Korea in regard to three materials needed to produce semiconductors and displays, responding to Seoul's gesture to improve soured ties.

Ahead of the summit between Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and visiting President Yoon Suk Yeol in Tokyo, both governments announced on Thursday that Japan eliminated regulations on hydrogen fluoride, fluorinated polyamide and photoresist.

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