Japan's Trade Minister has stressed that Tokyo has no plans to withdraw the export controls.
Hiroshige Seko said on Tuesday, "The measure is a necessary domestic procedure in Japan for the purpose of properly controlling exports. It's not up for negotiation, and won't be withdrawn."
Seko indicated the export restrictions are in line with international trade rules.
He also said Japan will hold working-level meetings with South Korea to explain the measure in detail, in response to a request from the country. The discussions are expected to take place sometime this week.