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Japan officially restricts exports of advanced chip manufacturing equipment



Among the limited categories are ultraviolet lithography production equipment and holographic memory stacking engravers, which are used in the production of advanced high-performance logic chips.


Japan's restrictive measures on the export of advanced chip-making equipment went into effect on July 23.


Previously, at the end of May, the Japanese government added 23 semiconductor products, including advanced chip-making equipment, to the list of export management.


Under the Foreign Exchange and Trade Act, weapons and goods that can be converted to military use are subject to government export control, requiring approval from the country's Minister of Economy, Trade, and Industry before being exported.


23 additional items to the list require individual permits, except for exports to 42 countries and territories identified as “friendly.”


Among the limited categories, this time are ultraviolet lithography production equipment and holographic memory stacking engraving machines. These are devices used in the production of advanced high-performance logic chips that are less than 14 nanometers in size.


About 10 Japanese companies involved in the production of these devices are likely to be affected by the above regulations. However, according to Industry Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura, the impact of these regulations on domestic companies is unlikely to be severe as export control measures only target "extremely advanced" technology.


The United States is launching an effort to tighten exports to China of advanced semiconductors used for supercomputers and artificial intelligence.


Washington has called on Japan and the Netherlands, leading semiconductor nations, to take similar measures.

(TTXVN)


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