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Murata Manufacturing President Tsuneo Murata expects to cash in on 5G in the coming years but faces the question of what comes next. (Photo by Yuki Kohara)
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Thriving in a trade war: Japan's Murata finds a way

Apple and Huawei supplier steers path through tech cycles and geopolitics

MITSURU OBE, Nikkei staff writer | Japan

TOKYO -- Murata Manufacturing may not be a household name, but chances are its products are in your house and more than likely your pocket, too.

The company is a classic example of how Japanese parts makers not only built the country but also formed the backbone of the global electronics industry. Beginning in the 1970s and 80s, these companies followed big consumer brands like Sony, Panasonic and Toshiba into the rest of Asia, creating low-cost supply chains that span the entire region. The question now is how Murata and its peers -- who still produce the guts of the world's smartphones, TVs, cameras and cars -- can forge their own destinies amid continued technological and geopolitical upheaval.

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