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TSMC, Sony to build semiconductor factory in Kumamoto

  • October 9, 2021
  • , Asahi, Nikkei
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Saturday’s Nikkei gave top play to a report that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., the world’s largest contract chipmaker, and Sony Group have decided on the overall framework of a plan to jointly build a semiconductor factory in Kumamoto. According to the daily, the total investment is estimated at 800 billion yen ($7 billion), with the Japanese government expected to provide up to half the amount. The factory will reportedly make chips that are essential for automobiles and industrial robots and is slated to go into operation by 2024. Noting that semiconductors are becoming increasingly important to economic security amid the rising tensions between the U.S. and China and the disruption of supply chains, the Japanese government is hoping to secure state-of-the-art technologies and stable production capability through the construction of the new factory. Saturday’s Asahi carried a similar story.

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