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Japan-South Korea rift

Japan moves to ease export curbs on South Korea, eyes Yoon visit

Trade talks to resume as Kishida hails 'opportunity' to advance bilateral relations

Stricter Japanese export controls on South Korea were imposed in 2019, covering materials used in semiconductor manufacturing.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan has moved toward ending additional controls on industrial exports to South Korea as the leaders of both countries seek to reset relations marred by historical grievances.

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said it will hold senior-level talks with the South Korean side soon following Seoul's decision on Monday to suspend its World Trade Organization dispute process on the Japanese restrictions, which were introduced in 2019.

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