Tokyo: The government has invoked a measure to tighten export controls against South Korea on three items, including hydrogen fluoride needed to produce semiconductors and other devices.
Under the measure, exporters are required to apply to the government for each shipment, and screening of the applications will take about 90 days.
The move could affect Japanese companies, such as those in the electronics industry, that do business with South Korean manufacturers.The three items are hydrogen fluoride, which is used to clean semiconductors; fluorinated polyimide, used in smartphone displays; and resist, a photosensitising agent for semiconductor substrates.
Japan holds a 70% to nearly 100% share of these materials in the global market.
South Korean companies, including Samsung Group and LG Group, procure almost all their supply of the materials from Japan.
Since 2004, the Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry had waived applications for individual licenses to export these items to South Korea for three years, in principle.
However, this preferential treatment has been halted. — Yomiuri Shimbun/Asia News Network
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