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Japan-South Korea rift

Korean airlines cut Japan flights amid struggle to fill seats

Bilateral row seen having prolonged impact on travel between neighbors

TOKYO/SEOUL -- South Korea's Korean Air Lines and budget carrier T'way Air will reduce flights to Japan amid rising trade tensions between the two countries.

The two airlines said the cuts to low-profit routes were driven by market pressures rather than any boycotts by South Korean travelers following Tokyo's decision this month to slap controls on exports of high-tech materials to the country.

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