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Taiwan's TSMC to build $190m R&D site near Tokyo

Chip giant eyes closer collaboration with top Japan equipment, materials suppliers

Beyond setting up an R&D facility in Ibaraki Prefecture, northeast of Tokyo, contract chipmaker TSMC is also looking into establishing a new company in Japan.   © Reuters

TAIPEI -- Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. is planning to build a research and development center in Japan, Nikkei has learned, as the demand for advanced semiconductor equipment and materials becomes increasingly important amid the pandemic.

TSMC, the world's biggest contract chipmaker, plans to invest around 20 billion yen ($189 million) and set up an R&D facility in Ibaraki Prefecture, located in the Kanto region northeast of Tokyo, while also looking into establishing a new company in Japan.

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