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Japan-South Korea rift

South Korea intends to end reliance on Japan for 20 products

Seoul to spend $6.42bn to support industry's research and development efforts

(Montage by Hidechika Nishijima)

SEOUL -- The South Korean government on Monday said it will wean its industry off a reliance on 20 Japanese exports within a year as a diplomatic and trade dispute between the countries threatens its electronics sector.

The announcement came after the Japanese government formally decided to remove South Korea from a "white list" of 27 countries that are granted preferential trade status.

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