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Huawei building first Japanese plant in overseas offensive

As business costs in country drop, Chinese move in for 'Made in Japan' label

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Visitors crowd Huawei's pavilion at the 2017 Mobile World Congress in Shanghai on June 28.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- China's Huawei Technologies will soon start turning out network equipment at its first plant in Japan, using this country's technical expertise to appeal to buyers in established markets and setting an example for other up-and-coming tech companies.

The smartphone and communication equipment maker's inaugural Japanese factory will repurpose a former DMG Mori plant in Funabashi, Chiba Prefecture. New equipment could be installed and production started as soon as this year. Huawei's initial investment in the project is thought to be around 5 billion yen ($44.5 million). Additional spending is under consideration.

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