Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has announced the Cabinet’s approval of the removal of the Republic of Korea from the “White Countries” List on 2 August 2019. METI announced on 1 July 2019 that it had initiated the process of revising the so-called “White Countries” list in Appendix 3 of the Export Trade Control Order to remove the Republic of Korea and that it would be accepting public comments on the revisions until 24 July 2019.
METI (the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry) announced two amendments to the export control regulations on 1 July 2019.
On October 1, 2017, an order from the Japanese Cabinet went into effect to implement amendments to Japan’s Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Act (“Act”), which implements Japanese import and export controls. The Cabinet order was decided on July 11, 2017 and it also made relevant adjustments in the relevant regulations. The cabinet order, the ministerial ordinance and the ministry’s notice, which are necessary to implement the amended Act, were promulgated on July 14, 2017. These regulations provide definition of terms in the amended Act as well as clerical and procedural measures for the implementation of the amended Act.
The Japanese government announced on December 2, 2016 that it would impose new unilateral sanctions on North Korea, which undertook its fifth nuclear test in September. This announcement follows a fresh U.N. Security Council resolution, adopted on November 30, 2016, which reinforces sanctions against North Korea.