- Title: Japan says South Korea move on fast-track trade status 'regrettable'
- Date: 18th September 2019
- Summary: TOKYO, JAPAN (FILE) (REUTERS) EXTERIOR OF JAPANESE PRIME MINISTER'S OFFICE NATIONAL FLAG OF JAPAN
- Embargoed: 2nd October 2019 05:11
- Keywords: Japan South Korea whitelist trade Yoshihide Suga news conference
- Location: TOKYO, JAPAN
- City: TOKYO, JAPAN
- Country: Japan
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA002AX6N96V
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Japan on Wednesday (September 18) said South Korea's decision to remove Tokyo's fast-track trade status without sufficient explanation was "regrettable", as a diplomatic and trade row between the two Asian neighbors and U.S. allies deepened.
Earlier in the day, South Korea said it had approved plans to drop Japan from its "white list" of countries with fast-track trade status.
At a news conference in Tokyo, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said the decision, which wasn't accompanied by sufficient explanation, was "extremely regrettable".
Japan announced in August that it was removing South Korea from its own "white list" of countries that have enjoyed minimum trade restrictions, citing an erosion of trust. In July it imposed tighter controls on exports to South Korea of materials used to make smartphone chips, South Korea's top export item.
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