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Japan to tighten chipmaking equipment exports to China

Tokyo, Mar 31 (EFE).- Japan said Friday that it will restrict exports of advanced equipment used to make semiconductors to China.

Several leading Japanese companies in this sector must obtain special approval from the government to export a series equipment used in manufacturing chips to China.

“This measure is aimed at preventing technology from being diverted to military use,” Japanese Trade Minister Nishimura Yasutoshi said in a press conference, public broadcaster NHK reported.

“We want to fulfill our responsibilities to the international community as a country with advanced technology. And we want to contribute to international peace and security,” he added.

The regulations will enter into force in July and affect 23 products, some of them used for the production of supercomputers and in artificial intelligence, the ministry of economy, trade and industry said in a statement.

Although the statement does not directly mention China, one of the world’s largest producers of semiconductors, it indicates that a permit will be needed to export to all countries that do not appear on a whitelist of 42 nations and regions.

This move affects ten leading Japanese semiconductor and electronics companies, including Tokyo Electron, SCREEN Holdings and Nikon.

Tokyo’s measures follow those already adopted by Washington in October, when US President Joe Biden’s government stepped up controls on the export of US semiconductor technology to China amid trade tensions with Beijing. EFE

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