By Yasuro Suzuki and Hiroki Suzuki, staff writers
Regarding the global shortage of semiconductors, the Japanese government is hoping to find a solution in collaboration with major semiconductor manufacturers overseas. Last year, the government approached companies including TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company) to gauge their willingness to establish production sites in Japan, possibly with subsidies totaling several dozen billion yen.
If Japan succeeds in inviting TSMC’s manufacturing facilities, it might become possible for Japanese companies to expand collaboration with TSMC or other companies to silicon wafers, semiconductor manufacturing machines, and other areas of material production where Japanese companies have expertise.
Semiconductors are one of the hotly disputed areas in the U.S.-China conflict, with the U.S. tightening sanctions on Chinese corporations and China speeding up its shift to domestic production. As the two countries’ “decoupling” accelerates, Japan seeks to forge closer ties with Taiwanese firms including the TSMC. A senior official at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said, “Japan must establish a special position in the world so that it won’t be sidelined in the global competition.” (Abridged)