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Japan-South Korea rift

Japan's nod on South Korea exports offers no clarity on screening

Shipments still mired in red tape while Tokyo prepares to escalate

Flags of Japan and South Korea fly at a hotel in Tokyo.   © Reuters

TOKYO/SEOUL -- The Japanese government on Thursday approved its first export of chipmaking materials to South Korea under new export curbs but has failed to clarify what to expect from future screening, leaving exporters facing uncertainty along with more paperwork.

The greenlighted export of resist, used in semiconductor manufacturing, is believed to come from Shin-Etsu Chemical. It is being sent to Samsung Electronics for use in processor production for outside customers.

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