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Japan's Rapidus picks Hokkaido for cutting-edge chip plant

Exclusive: New facility part of $37bn effort to create advanced 2-nm chips

Rapidus President Atsuyoshi Koike, left, stands with Chairman Tetsuro Higashi after the chipmaker's first news conference last November. (Photo by Mayumi Tsumita)

TOKYO -- Japanese chipmaker Rapidus has chosen Hokkaido in northern Japan as the location for what is expected to be the nation's most advanced chip plant, Nikkei has learned.

An announcement is expected on Tuesday when Rapidus President Atsuyoshi Koike visits Hokkaido Gov. Naomichi Suzuki. The chipmaker plans to build the plant in Chitose, about 36 kilometers southeast of Sapporo, the capital city of Hokkaido prefecture.

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