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5G gives a lift to Japan's electronic parts orders

Demand rises for use in next-generation base stations and smartphones

Employees work at a Murata Manufacturing plant in Fukui Prefecture, Japan.   © Murata Manufacturing

OSAKA -- Orders at Japan's six major electronics component manufacturers grew for the first time in over a year thanks primarily to the rollout of 5G networks this year.

For the three months through December, orders climbed 2% on the year to roughly 1.56 trillion yen ($14.3 billion), marking the first rise in five quarters.

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