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Japan's trade ministry eases export controls against South Korea ahead of Abe-Moon summitThe trade ministry said Friday it has eased recently tightened controls on exports to South Korea of one of three crucial chemicals used to make semiconductors — a sign of thawing tensions just days before their leaders meet in China.The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said it is granting a three-year bulk permit to one company to ship photoresist, a chemical used to make semiconductors, to a business partner in South Korea.The ministry said the step, which takes effect immediately, reflects the good record between the two companies. The ministry denied the gesture had anything to do with the upcoming meeting, which is part of a three-way summit to be hosted by China next week.The decision also follows a bilateral meeting of senior trade officials earlier this week aimed at bridging their differences. They agreed to continue discussions at an early date.“The measure was taken voluntarily by the Japanese government, and could be seen as an improvement (in bilateral relations),” a South Korean government official said on condition of anonymity.But the official added it still fell short of being a fundamental solution for settling the export control issue.Japan had previously allowed three materials — photoresists, hydrogen fluoride and fluorinated polyimide — to be freely traded with South Korea for three years on a single permit. Hydrogen fluoride is used to clean semiconductors, while polyimide is used in organic light-emitting diode display panelsIn July, Japan began requiring the use of individual permits valid for only six months, citing concerns the materials could be diverted to milipk10开奖结果上 光大gd567 tary use. Ties between Japan and South Korea have plunged to their lowest level in decades since then.The ministry said Friday it will resume issuing three-year permits for photoresists, but only for firms confirmed to be handling such materials appropriately. It stressed it had not fully eased the export controls imposed in July.The tightening of the export controls was seen as retaliation for South Korean court rulings ordering Japanese companies to compensate wartime forced laborers.It triggered a series of retaliatory measures by South Korea that also put a military intelligence information-sharing pact at risk.The two sides struck a fragile truce in November after intervention by Washington to save the intelligence pact, which is a symbol of their three-way security cooperation in the face of increased threats from North Korea and China.South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe are to hold a one-on-one meeting on Christmas Eve on the sidelines of the trilateral summit.TwitterFacebookLinkedInGET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMESIN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5Mail the editorError ReportRepublishingCommenting PolicyJOIN THE CONVERSATIONLATEST BUSINESS STORIESTsai's election victory set to bolster Taiwan's buoyant marketsA winning run for Taiwan's financial markets is set to be reinforced by Saturday's landslide election victory for President Tsai Ing-wen.That's the view of market watchers and analysts, with th...Ex-drug company execs face reckoning in opioid bribery caseThe founder and former top employees of a pharmaceutical company are facing a reckoning for their role in a bribery scheme that prosecutors say boosted sales of a powerful, highly addictive painkil...Aramco's 'greenshoe option' pushes IPO to record $29.4 billionSaudi Arabian oil giant Aramco announced Sunday that its initial public offering raised a record $29.4 billion, a figure higher than previously announced, after the company used a "greenshoe option...