Kyodo Reports on Japan’s Bold Move to Limit Chip Exports to China
Japan’s government is planning to limit exports of high-tech semiconductor manufacturing equipment to China starting in the spring, following the amendment of a foreign exchange law, as reported by Kyodo News.
The regulations will not mention China directly to minimize the chance of retaliation from Beijing.
Japan and the Netherlands have agreed to work with the US in blocking shipments of semiconductor equipment produced by companies such as Nikon and ASML to prevent China from making advanced chips that could be used for military purposes, as confirmed by sources and previously reported in the media.
Only the US has acknowledged the agreement but has not yet disclosed the specifics of what equipment will be restricted.