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TSMC eyes opening Japan chip plant in 2023 to supply Sony

Taiwanese company near decision after due diligence on proposed facility

TSMC is in talks to open its first chip facility in Japan as part of the Taiwanese chip titan's broader push to expand overseas operations.    © Reuters

TAIPEI --Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. is finalizing a decision to put its first chip plant in Japan into operation as early as 2023, Nikkei Asia has learned.

The planned plant in Kumamoto, on the island of Kyushu in western Japan, would go forward in two phases, sources with knowledge of the plans told Nikkei Asia. The board of TSMC, the world's leading chipmaker, is expected to decide on the investment in the current quarter. 

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