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Japan-South Korea rift

South Korea's manufacturing hub braces for Japan export controls

Removal from Tokyo's whitelist of trade partners expected to hurt machine tool and auto parts makers

South Korean industry is bracing for the country's removal from Japan's trade whitelist on Aug. 28.

CHANGWON, South Korea -- Japan is set to officially remove South Korea from its list of preferred trade partners on Wednesday, the latest salvo in a tit-for-tat spat between the two countries. As Seoul braces for impact, manufacturers more than 300km away in Changwon are quietly fretting about their future.

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