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Sharp seeks rebirth as Apple-style tech brand

Ex-Foxconn leader pushed closure of refrigerator plant despite being profitable

Sharp will end refrigerator production at its Yao plant in Osaka next fiscal year, keeping only R&D and service operations there. (Photo by Tomoki Mera)

OSAKA -- Sharp's decision to withdraw from white goods production in Japan reflects CEO Tai Jeng-wu's ambition to transform the company into a technology specialty house like Apple.

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