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Japan chip industry heavyweight joins China's Unigroup

Ex-Elpida CEO Yukio Sakamoto to help semiconductor maker grow globally

Elpida specialized in dynamic random access memory before it filed for bankruptcy in 2012.  

BEIJING -- Tsinghua Unigroup, one of China's leading chipmakers, has hired Japanese semiconductor industry veteran Yukio Sakamoto as a senior vice president and also head of the company's Japan unit.

Sakamoto, 72, served as chief executive of once-leading Japanese chipmaker Elpida Memory, which was established by combining the memory chip units of NEC and Hitachi.

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