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Japan-South Korea rift

Japan suppliers fear lost sales as export controls target Seoul

South Korean companies add months of inventories and look for alternative sources

A Tokyo Electron plant: An executive at the chipmaking equipment builder worries that South Korean companies may shun Japanese suppliers to cut risk. (Photo courtesy of the company)

TOKYO/SEOUL -- With Japan set to delete South Korea from its list of trusted trade partners, manufacturers in both countries are bracing for wider disruptions to their cross-border supply chains.

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