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Japan's electronic parts makers enjoy upswing in orders

Smartphone, automobile parts drive 12% growth in January-March

The world grew hungrier for Japanese electronic components in the first quarter of this year. Pictured: a Murata Manufacturing factory floor.

OSAKA -- Demand for electronic components is recovering, with combined orders at six major Japanese manufacturers for the January-March quarter expanding about 12% from a year earlier on strong buying for use in smartphones and automobiles.

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