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China's solar panel makers turn up the heat in Japan

Big players muscle in with low prices as US market restrictions loom

A worker inspects a solar panel at a factory in China's Anhui Province. Chinese manufacturers are moving aggressively to build market share in Japan.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- China's big solar panel manufacturers are pushing hard for market share in Japan, threatening to edge out local manufacturers as cost-conscious solar plant operators are enticed by the lower prices Chinese producers offer.

Companies such as JinkoSolar Holding and Trina Solar sense an opening for their low-cost products, as plant operators in Japan look to cut spending in response to a change in the country's feed-in tariff system in October. The operators must now compete against one another to qualify for subsidies.

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