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Toshiba's Yokkaichi memory chip plant, run by joint ventures with Western Digital.
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Confusion reigns over sale of Toshiba's memory ops

Western Digital a wild card after second round of bidding

| Japan

TOKYO -- Four suitors have come forward for Toshiba's cash-cow memory chip unit. But with aggrieved business partner Western Digital raising objections, the company likely will face many twists and turns before completing the deal that is so crucial to its survival.

Toshiba will soon begin further discussions with potential buyers of Toshiba Memory that made offers in the second round of bidding ended Friday. Separately, Western Digital executives including CEO Steve Milligan are expected to visit Japan as early as next week for discussions.

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