Japan will restrict the export of 23 semiconductor manufacturing equipment types starting from July. The restrictions include equipment for chip cleaning, deposition, lithography, and etching. While Japan claims it is not targeting any specific country, the move is seen as following the US policy to curb China’s ability to make advanced chips through export controls. Nikon and Tokyo Electron could be among over 10 Japanese companies affected. The measures are aimed at preventing advanced technology from being used for military purposes.
1. Japan announced on March 31 that it will restrict the export of 23 types of semiconductor manufacturing equipment.
2. The move is seen as a follow-up to the U.S. policy to prevent China from manufacturing advanced chips through export control measures.
3. Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry will begin to restrict the export of six categories of 23 types of chip manufacturing equipment from July, including clean, deposition, lithography, and etching.
4. The affected Japanese companies may include Nikon and Tokyo Electron, but the impact should be limited.
5. Equipment manufacturers wishing to export to any region must first obtain an export license, and Japan aims to prevent advanced technology from being used for military purposes, rather than specifically targeting any country with these measures.
6. In January, both Japan and the Netherlands agreed to follow the US in banning the export of some of the most advanced equipment to China.