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A limping Japan Display scrambles to join the OLED party

Apple's shift from LCDs caught the supplier by surprise

JDI's Higashiura plant, near Nagoya, is one of its six Japanese factories.

TOKYO If one company symbolizes the decline of Japan's once-dominant display industry, it is Japan Display. The manufacturer's continued allegiance to LCDs at a time when OLED technology -- and the South Korean companies that have embraced it -- are ascendant has brought loss after loss.

The problems at the cash-strapped JDI, as the company is also known, got a lot worse when Apple, which accounted for over half of its sales last fiscal year, suddenly decided to use OLEDs for its products.

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