The Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry has softened its stance on exports to South Korea of materials used in the manufacture of semiconductors and displays, starting in September issuing permits for their supply.
Nikkei Asian Review
For the first time since the introduction of restrictions in mid-September, export of fluorinated polyimide to South Korea was allowed. The government issued permits for the export of photoresist on September 7 and 19, and the export of hydrogen fluoride was allowed on September 29.
In other words, Japan allowed the export of each item from the list of materials for the supply of which restrictions have been introduced. The Japanese government has stated that these restrictions are aimed at improving export management and are NOT a ban on supplies to South Korea. In turn, experts believe that the issuance of permits is associated with the preparation for consideration of a dispute between the two countries in the World Trade Organization (WTO).