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Terry Gou is not going mad -- but he is a bit desperate

Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou speaks to reporters in Japan in early February.

TAIPEI -- Why does the world's largest electronics contract manufacturer want to buy a struggling Japanese display maker?

     I have some assumptions based on information I have collected about Taiwan's Hon Hai Precision Industry. I have been watching the company, also known as Foxconn, for 10 years or so, first as a correspondent for Nikkei Electronics and more recently as head of a Taiwan-based consultancy. I have interviewed Terry Gou, Foxconn's founder and chairman who is known to shy away from reporters, for a total of 20 hours over the years.

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