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Japan-South Korea rift

Korean Air scrubs more Japan flights as tensions mount

Seoul-Tokyo trade spat has reduced traffic between the two nations

Korean Air Lines is grounding routes to Japan as bilateral frictions take a toll.   © Reuters

SEOUL -- Korean Air Lines will suspend six more routes to Japan under measures announced Tuesday as bilateral frictions slash passenger numbers.

The carrier said in late July that it would ground flights between Busan and Sapporo, starting Sept. 3. Demand for travel to Japan has dived in the weeks since Japan restricted exports of key semiconductor-manufacturing materials to South Korea.

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