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Trade Wars: The saga continues with Japan vs. South Korea

South Korean phone makers targeted by Japanese trade restrictions
South Korean phone makers targeted by Japanese trade restrictions
The trade restrictions that Japan has just announced will make it harder for companies such as Samsung and LG to buy various materials used in both chips and smartphones. The list of these materials includes resist, hydrogen fluoride, and fluorinated polyimide. Starting July 4, local companies will need the government's approval to export such materials to South Korea.

While all eyes remain on the global trade war involving the Chinese giants such as Huawei and ZTE, Japan comes out of the blue with a decision that will make like harder for the South Korean tech companies that are currently importing various materials used in making chips and smartphones.

Earlier today, Japan announced that local companies who want to export fluorinated polyimide, resist, or hydrogen fluoride to South Korea will need the government's approval starting July 4. The list of Korean companies that will be affected by these trade restrictions includes — but is not limited to — Samsung and LG. Even worse, the Japanese government will ask the public's opinion on removing South Korea from its "white country list" so — if the Japanese people agree — all South Korean companies will have to face various restrictions.

According to the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry, "The international export control system is built on the basis of a trust relationship, but from a review by the relevant ministries and agencies, the trust relationship between Japan and Korea has been seriously impaired."

We are expecting to see official statements from Samsung and LG later this week. However, if they will choose to ignore this, there can be only one reason for it: the problem is less important than it seems.

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Codrut Nistor, 2019-07- 1 (Update: 2019-07- 1)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.