July 19, 2019 / 9:47 AM / a month ago

Japan says Korea must rebuild trust to facilitate talks on trade

TOKYO (Reuters) - South Korea has to rebuild trust with Japan in a deepening bilateral row, a Japanese government official said on Friday, adding that trade curbs Japan has put on South Korea do not threaten global high-tech supply chains.

“If a relationship of trust is not rebuilt, it will be difficult to have a dialogue on trade management and policy,” Jun Iwamatsu, director of trade control policy at Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry told a news conference.

Export curbs imposed by Japan this month have had absolutely no impact on global supply chains, Iwamatsu said.

A row over compensation for Korean forced laborers has spilled over into trade between the two U.S. allies in high-tech materials used to make memory chips and screens.

Relations been the neighbors have been difficult for decades because of South Korean resentment of Japan’s 1910-1945 occupation of the Korean peninsula.

Reporting by Yoshifumi Takemoto; Writing by William Mallard; Editing by Robert Birsel

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