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Chip fabrication facilities in Yokkaichi, Japan, jointly operated by Toshiba and Western Digital.   © Kyodo

Western Digital CEO to return to Japan, seeking Toshiba deal

Trip next week aims to settle spat over memory unit with compromise

| Japan

TOKYO -- Western Digital CEO Steve Milligan will visit Japan again next week to continue talks on the contested sale of Toshiba's memory unit, looking to soften the Japanese partner's hardening stance with a compromise, it was learned Thursday.

The U.S. hard-drive maker, which produces chips with Toshiba, has firmly opposed the sale of Toshiba Memory, arguing that any transfer of the business without its consent would violate joint venture agreements. It filed an arbitration request in May to block the ongoing auction and has been pursuing one-on-one negotiations.

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