With geopolitical risks associated with semiconductors growing as tensions between the U.S. and China escalate, private sector experts have come up with a proposal that calls for the creation of a research center to develop cutting-edge semiconductor technology in a move to strengthen Japan-U.S. cooperation. The proposal was drafted by the Japanese branch of BGA Think Tank, which was launched by a former head of the Southeast Asian affairs division at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), former Administrative Vice Minister of Defense Nishi Masanori, and several others.
The proposal stresses reducing the current reliance on Taiwan as a source of supply for semiconductors.
It calls on Japan to design semiconductors through the “Fugaku” supercomputer and source the production to Intel and other U.S. semiconductor firms. The Fugaku uses Fujitsu’s CPU, which is currently manufactured by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC).
The envisaged research center will serve as a gateway for collaboration between Japan and the U.S. As semiconductors will be a key in the internet of things (IoT), the proposal asks the government to support the development of the center.