Japan approves first high-tech material exports to South Korea

The material, EUV photoresists, is crucial for chip production.

On Thursday, South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon stated, Japan has approved the export of a high-tech material to South Korea. This is the first such export since Japan tightened the exports of high-tech materials used in the making of displays and chips.

Japan has approved the sale of a material known as EUV photoresists; the material is crucial for Samsung’s advanced contract chipmaking production.

“We are stepping up our diplomatic efforts to make Japan retract its economic attack,” said Lee.

Samsung did not immediately respond to requests for comments.

There was no immediate comment from Samsung.

South Korean chipmakers are facing a tough time in finding alternatives routes for key Japanese materials that have been hit with export restrictions.

Japan has applied curbs on EUV photoresists which is used in producing chips based on an advanced technique known as extreme ultraviolet lithography.

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