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Can TSMC give new spark to Japan's 'Silicon Island'?

EVs key to success of $7bn chip plant in Kyushu, with its links to auto industry

TSMC and Sony will work together on a new chip plant in southwestern Japan's Kumamoto Prefecture.   © Reuters

KIKUYO, Japan/TOKYO -- Though bordered on three sides by farmland, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.'s site for its planned 800 billion yen ($7.04 billion) Japanese plant with Sony Group stands at the crossroads of two key industries: cars and chips.

Kumamoto Prefecture, and the southwestern island of Kyushu more broadly, have long been crucial to Japan's once-mighty semiconductor industry.

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