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TSMC lifts Japan chip plant investment, with Denso following Sony

Additional funding will help pay for 12-to-16-nm semiconductor line

Auto parts maker Denso is expected to contribute tens of billions of yen to the construction of TSMC's new plant in Kumamoto Prefecture in Japan. (Source photos by Kai Fujii, Reuters and Kyodo) 

TOKYO -- Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. will increase its investment in a project that will see the construction of the company's first plant in Japan, as auto parts maker Denso joins in the project along with Sony Group, the three companies announced Tuesday. The announcement confirms Nikkei's earlier report.

The chip plant will be built in Kumamoto, in southern Japan. It will be undertaken by a joint venture called Japan Advanced Semiconductor Manufacturing or JASM, which will be majority-owned by TSMC.

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