Apr. 5, 2023 /SemiMedia/ -- According to Reuters, the Japanese government said last week that it plans to restrict the export of 23 types of chip manufacturing equipment in 6 categories. Although China is not directly listed as the target of relevant restrictions, Reuters pointed out that Japan is cooperating with the United States to curb China's ability to manufacture advanced chips.

Reuters pointed out that the export restrictions will take effect in July, involving chip cleaning, deposition, lithography, etching, etc., and may affect Japanese companies such as Nikon and Tokyo Electronics.

Tokyo's decision came after the U.S. imposed sweeping restrictions on exports of chip-making tools to China last October, citing concerns over China's plans to use advanced chips to bolster its military, the report said.