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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.

The Nikkei calculated a total order value of around 1.33 trillion yen ($11.9 billion) for Murata Manufacturing, TDK, Alps Electric, Kyocera, Nidec and Nitto Denko. That figure would bring the fiscal 2016 tally to around 5.23 trillion yen, approaching the previous fiscal year's record high.

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