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Japan-South Korea rift

Japanese support deepens for South Korea trade curbs: Nikkei poll

Majority across political lines oppose compromise by Tokyo to solve feud

Japan restricted exports of vital chipmaking materials to South Korea in July, then removed the country from its "whitelist" of trusted trade partners in August.

TOKYO -- The Japanese public increasingly supports the government's export controls against South Korea, the latest Nikkei-TV Tokyo survey shows, with a majority of respondents in no rush to improve bilateral ties if it means a compromise by Tokyo.

The weekend poll found that 67% of respondents backed Japan's restrictions on semiconductor materials that took effect July 4, up 9 percentage points from the last poll at the end of July. Opposition to the export curbs remained roughly flat at 19%.

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