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METI submitted opinions and questions regarding the plans of the ROK to revise the Public Notice of the Exportation and Importation of Strategic Items

September 3, 2019

On September 3, 2019, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) submitted opinions and questions regarding the plans of the ROK to revise the Public Notice of the Exportation and Importation of Strategic Items

Proper implementation of export controls based on a relationship of trust with trade partners requires each countries’ effective improvement of their export control systems and operations as well as deep mutual understandings of their export control systems.

Japan carefully explained the Republic of Korea (ROK) Japan’s update of licensing policies and procedures on exports of controlled items announced on July 1st. Regardless of Japan’s effort, during the press briefings held on August 2nd, the ROK’s Deputy National Security Advisor Mr. Hyun Chong Kim stated that the Korean government would take comprehensive countermeasures, and the ROK’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy and Finance Mr. Hong Nam-ki said that the ROK would strengthen its response to Japan’s update and remove Japan from its preferred trade partner list countries.

If the ROK proceeds the revision of the Public Notice of the Exportation and Importation of Strategic Items without answering questions on its rationales and details, the revision would be assumed as arbitrary and illegitimate countermeasures to Japan.

Japan has requested clarification regarding the ROK’s plans to revise the Public Notice of the Exportation and Importation of Strategic Items since its announcement on August 12th. Japan’s requests to the ROK for clarification focus on the following three points: I. The rationale behind the revision, II. The rationale behind classifying Japan as Category Ga-2 country, and III. The details of ROK’s export control regime. Japan, again, hereby sends following questions and requests a reply from the ROK. Japan may ask the ROK additional questions on the technical details of this matter considering Japan and the ROK’s communication.

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