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Japan smartphone parts makers bet on miniaturization in 5G era

Murata keeps lead over China and South Korea rivals in compact capacitors

Murata Manufacturing's mainstay capacitors are one-fifth the size of competing products but have 10 times the electrical storage capacity.

KYOTO -- Electronic component makers in Asia and elsewhere are competing fiercely to supply manufacturers of the latest 5G smartphones. Japanese companies have solid market shares in 4G products and hope to maintain their lead over Chinese and South Korean rivals by honing their skills, especially in miniaturization.

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