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Japan-South Korea rift

South Korea and Japan spar over export controls at WTO

Japanese computer makers Vaio and Dynabook brace for fallout

South Korean and Japanese companies play major roles in chip production, creating global consequences for the bilateral trade dispute. (Nikkei photo illustration)

TOKYO/SEOUL -- South Korea urged Japan to withdraw restrictions on exports of semiconductor materials at the World Trade Organization on Tuesday even as the Japanese side flatly denied imposing a trade embargo.

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