From now on, we will continue to retaliate with Japan. Our government took Japan out of the so-called white list, a list of countries that favor export screening. Now Japan also needs to go through more complicated and difficult procedures to import goods from our country. It is an evaluation that it left room for negotiation by adjusting the water level.

The reporter will explain the changes.


The government classified Japan separately in the regional divisions that manage Korea's strategic material exports.

In the meantime, we decided to introduce Japan by setting up 'Ga 2', which has been divided into only two regions, depending on whether or not it has joined the international export control system.

In principle, they will receive similar management as the 'I' region where North Korea and China belong.

[Sung Yoon-mo / Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy: (New 'Aga 2' region)) It will include countries that operate export control systems that do not conform to international export control principles. Japan is categorized as 'Strong 2'.]

Import comprehensive permits, which have been recognized in Japan so far, are only allowed on an exceptional basis and the length and duration of individual permit screenings are increased.

However, it is weak compared to the regulations that Japan applies to Korea.

Also, as Japan did for semiconductor materials, it does not include restrictions on exports by specifying specific items.

[Park Tae-sung / Head of Trade and Investment Department, Ministry of Industry: This is a legal process within the framework of domestic and international law. I'm not saying it's a 'response'.

Japan's one-day export approval is on the way to control the pace, and it is considered that we can counterattack to the WTO office if we go for a tough response.

[Icheon-gi / Deputy Fellow, Korea Institute for International Economic Policy: Wasn't the announcement purposely lowering the level in order to eliminate some of the characteristics of countermeasures that were intentionally 'toned down'? .]

The government designated 1,735 strategic items.

Except for some items such as steel and metals, it is estimated that the effectiveness of the measures will not be large because of the lack of exports to Japan.

Sung Yoon-mo, an industry minister, said the action will take place in September and is ready to respond whenever the Japanese government asks for consultations during the comment period.

(Video coverage: Kim Min-cheol, Video editing: Ha Sung-won, CG: Choi Jiwon, Yu Yura)

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