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Japan-South Korea rift

Korean chip material makers face 'Death Valley' to counter Japan

Conglomerates dubious about price and quality of domestic materials

Samsung is reliant on Japanese suppliers for the chips that power its products.    © Reuters

SEOUL -- South Korea is funneling resources to realize domestic production of high-tech materials to end its semiconductor industry's dependence on Japan, but closing the technological gap with Japanese suppliers remains a tall order.

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