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Japan-South Korea rift

Seoul eyes crash program to shield chip industry from Japan curbs

Subsidies and deregulation planned, but tech prowess hard to match

South Korean chipmakers  are dependent on Japanese supplies of essential materials, a situation they hope to change.   © Reuters

SEOUL/GUANGZHOU -- South Korea's government is considering spending 1 trillion won ($850 million) a year to support domestic production of chipmaking equipment and materials, as Japan's tightened export controls underscore the risks of relying too heavily on a single country.

Seoul will soon announce a package to deal with the restrictions, Economy Minister Hong Nam-ki said Wednesday. While he gave no specifics, the plan is expected to center on deregulation and a supplementary budget to cover subsidies.

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