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Tokyo Electron sees Japan focus as key to supply chain stability

Chip tool maker to invest 1 trillion yen in R&D over next five years

Toshiki Kawai, president and CEO of Tokyo Electron, sees the spread of 5G and autonomous driving as sustaining demand for his company's chipmaking equipment. (Photo by Shoichiro Taguchi)

TOKYO -- As major semiconductor manufacturers around the world come under pressure to set up factories overseas, Japan's largest producer of chipmaking equipment is sticking close to home.

Toshiki Kawai, president and CEO of Tokyo Electron, emphasized his company's commitment to domestic development and manufacturing in an interview with Nikkei Asia on Thursday.

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