South Korea has reinstated Japan on its “white list” of trusted trading partners, a significant step towards mending their bilateral economic and diplomatic ties. Three years ago, Japan was removed from the list, which grants expedited trade processes for approved countries. The decision was announced by South Korea’s Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy on Monday.
The revision to the public notice on exports and imports of strategic items now allows for a faster review process and less paperwork for South Korean companies exporting strategic items to Japan. The updated policy underscores South Korea’s commitment to improving relations with its neighbor and enhancing regional economic cooperation.
With Japan’s re-addition, the number of countries receiving preferential treatment in trade now stands at 29, including the United States, France, and Britain. South Korea’s news agency, Yonhap, reported on the significant development, which is expected to foster a more positive atmosphere for future diplomatic discussions and economic collaboration.