FILE PHOTO: Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga attends a news conference at Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s official residence in Tokyo, Japan May 29, 2017. REUTERS/Toru Hanai/File Photo
TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan has granted approval for exports of some high-tech material to South Korea for the first time since tighter export curbs were imposed last month, the government’s chief spokesman said on Thursday.
“After a strict examination the Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry determined that there was no national security concern over this first case and so approved the export application,” Yoshihide Suga told a regular briefing.
He said the industry minister would give greater details at a briefing later on Thursday.
Reporting by Tim Kelly; Writing by David Dolan; Editing by Paul Tait