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Huawei crackdown

Sony and Kioxia seek US approval to bypass Huawei ban

Japanese suppliers face earnings risk from loss of key customer

A surveillance camera is seen in front of a Huawei logo in Belgrade, Serbia.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan's Sony and memory chipmaker Kioxia have applied for U.S. approval to restart supplies of components to China's Huawei Technologies, now under a de facto ban on accessing equipment made with American tech, Nikkei has learned.

There was no indication as of Saturday that their applications had been approved. The Japanese companies join South Korea's Samsung Electronics and SK Hynix in seeking licenses from the U.S. Department of Commerce to sell to Huawei, one of the world's top makers of smartphones and telecommunication infrastructure.

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