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Japan-South Korea rift

Samsung chief visits Japan to seek export curb workarounds

Electronics maker urges such steps as supplying South Korea from overseas plants

SEOUL -- The de facto head of the Samsung group reportedly has traveled to Japan to talk with suppliers about ways to mitigate the impact of Tokyo's tightened export rules on the conglomerate's core semiconductor business.

The trip by Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong was reported Sunday by South Korean media. Lee is to ask executives at Samsung suppliers to take such steps as shipping affected materials from plants outside Japan.

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