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Seko: Export curbs on South Korea not WTO violation

Christian Fernsby ▼ | July 2, 2019
Japan’s decision to tighten controls on exports of high-tech materials to South Korea is not in violation of World Trade Organization rules, Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Hiroshige Seko said Tuesday.
Minister Hiroshige Seko
Asia   Minister Hiroshige Seko
Seko said the curbs “were a consequence of South Korea failing to present satisfactory measures” to resolve the issue of South Koreans forced to work for Japanese firms during World War Two, he said.

“All trade-related actions by Japan are in line with the WTO rules,” said Seko, speaking to reporters after a regular cabinet meeting.

“Because our [mutual] trust has severely damaged, we have judged it is difficult to ensure proper export controls are being taken.”