back to article Trade war. What is it good for? Japan publicly approves shipment of semiconductor chemicals to South Korea

Japan has publicly announced making an export of key chip manufacturing materials to South Korea – presumably meant to ease tensions ahead of strict measures it plans to introduce later this month in an escalating trade war. Industry minister Hiroshige Seko said today that Japan had granted its approval for the export of a …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    "resistors used in semiconductor production"

    You mean resists, right? As in photoresists.

  2. jake Silver badge

    Good god, y'all ...

    "Trade war. What is it good for?"

    Absolutely nuthin'!

    (A tip o't'cap to Mr. Starr, RIP)

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