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Murata's Thailand move heralds Japan tech shift from China

Renesas, Tokyo Electron also race to respond to geopolitical tensions

Murata Manufacturing President Norio Nakajima said in an interview that a new plant the company planned to open in Thailand would eventually become as large as the one in Wuxi, near Shanghai. (Photo by Atsushi Ooka) 

TOKYO -- Murata Manufacturing and other Japanese tech suppliers are cutting their dependence on China as the U.S.-China standoff deepens.

The world's largest capacitor maker and an iPhone parts supplier, Murata said in November that it will open a new plant in Thailand in October 2023. In an interview with Nikkei Asia, Murata President Norio Nakajima said the new plant will eventually be expanded to become as large as the one in Wuxi, near Shanghai, where Murata produces multilayer ceramic capacitors for consumer electronics.

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