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Outlook dims for Japan Display turnaround plan

US-China trade war and Apple iPhone shift to OLED weigh on display maker

Japan Display halted smartphone panel production at its plant in Ishikawa Prefecture. (Photo by Ken Kobayashi)

TOKYO -- Japan Display is still struggling to turn itself around. Despite large-scale restructuring last year, the world's largest manufacturer of liquid crystal display panels for smartphones needs investment to stay competitive and keep its main customer, Apple.

Talks underway with several investment groups are facing major headwinds, due in large part to the U.S.-China trade spat.

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