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Samsung to build chip development facility in Japan

$222m investment expected to spur collaboration between Japan, South Korea

Samsung's new research facility will focus on "back end" production, in which wafers are packaged into final products. 

SEOUL -- Samsung Electronics will build a development facility in Yokohama, in a highly symbolic initiative that is expected to spur collaboration between the chip industries of Japan and South Korea, Nikkei has learned. 

The new facility will cost over 30 billion yen ($222 million) and be built in Yokohama, southwest of Tokyo, home to the South Korean company's existing site, Samsung R&D Institute Japan. The development hub will be a separate unit.

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