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Xiaomi to double Japan R&D staff as Huawei stumbles

Smartphone maker sees opportunity to grow in neighboring market

Xiaomi founder and CEO Lei Jun attends a product launch event of Xiaomi Mi9 Pro 5G in Beijing on Sept. 24.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi will double the number of engineers at its Japanese research and development center next year as the company seeks to expand its share in consumer electronics.

The announcement on Wednesday comes a year after Xiaomi's entry into the Japanese market. The company also will relocate to new offices in Japan and double its overall employee count.

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