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US benefits as Taiwan tech shifts from China, but Japan left behind

Europe and ASEAN nations also become leading investment destinations

Japan has been trying to court investment by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. in Japanese production capacity. (Photo courtesy of TSMC)

TOKYO -- Taiwanese technology companies have made hardly any supply chain investments in Japan as an alternative to mainland China, directing most of their new factory construction and acquisitions to the U.S., Europe and Southeast Asia instead, official research shows.

A supply chain report released by Taiwan's economy ministry at the end of July showed that direct investment in mainland China has declined sharply over the past decade.

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