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Japan working to get in the game

Alps Electric is working to get its components into Chinese smartphones.

TOKYO -- Japanese smartphone makers are losing out to Asian rivals.

     Sony was overtaken by Beijing's Xiaomi Technology, dubbed the Apple of China, in global market share in the January-March quarter. The only silver lining for Japan is that it supplies parts such as capacitors for handsets. How can Japanese parts makers protect their market share as Taiwanese makers close in? They must embed themselves in smartphone supply networks.

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