On 4 September, The Diplomat published an article saying that it is time to take a step back and calmly review the facts of the origins and evolution of this so-called economic war. Misunderstandings on both sides and perceptions that are out of step with reality can only inflame emotions. This helpful article asks “so what measures were actually taken?” and (as a corollary) what do they mean. There was a policy of Japan “removing the Republic of Korea from the Appended Table III (so called “white countries”) of the Export Trade Control Order” – so exporters will have to go through the same procedures as those from Japan to China, Taiwan, and most SEAsian countries. Secondly, there was the requirement to apply for an individual export licence for the export of Fluorinated polyimide, Resist, and Hydrogen Fluoride, and their relevant technologies – the same procedures as those that apply to Japanese exports to China and most other Asian countries. The article goes on to ask if it is actually reasonable to regard these measures as an “embargo”? It also notes that South Korea announced that it would suspend Japan’s white country status in return, and that we may expect Japan to respond with additional measures.