News article Japan is set to stop imports of Korean films from North Korea after several years of negotiations to stop the trade, as a country with one of the world’s largest populations of Koreans moves towards full economic independence.

The government said it will introduce a ban on Korean movies and television programmes within two months, as part of an effort to encourage cultural exchanges with the communist state.

Japan is currently one of North Korea’s biggest foreign markets, accounting for around 20% of its exports, and is hoping to become one of its top sources of income.

The Japanese government has been keen to try and foster more close cultural ties with the North, which has been locked in a tense conflict with the South for decades.

It has also struggled to find an agreement on how to handle a potential nuclear test by Pyongyang that could destabilise the Korean peninsula.