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Japan fights for lead in advanced chip and EV materials

Sumitomo Metal moves to supply power semiconductor wafers for electric cars

Sumitomo Metal Mining will begin making silicon carbide wafers by March of next year. (Photo courtesy of Sumitomo Metal Mining)

TOKYO -- Japanese manufacturers seek a bigger presence in advanced materials for chips and electric vehicles, a key export sector caught up in the great-power competition between the U.S. and China.

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