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Japan-South Korea rift

Samsung and Japan suppliers steadfast in keeping ties, for now

Risk for future of 'semiconductor coalition' remains amid prolonged political discord

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 phones at a launch event at the Barclays Center in New York, on Aug. 7.   © Reuters

TOKYO/SEOUL -- Samsung Electronics continues to source high-tech materials from Japan, even as Japanese and South Korean businesses fret over tighter export controls.

Samsung -- a world leader in the development of state-of-the-art semiconductors -- is dependent on Japanese-made materials, and Japanese companies have no good reason to drop their valued customer. That said, uncertainties remain over the future of the so-called Japan-South Korea semiconductor coalition, as political conflicts highlight Samsung's dependency on Japan.

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