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U.S. Vice President Harris seeking computer chip partners in Tokyo

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By CHRIS MEGERIAN and YURI KAGEYAMA

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Although Japan was once a world leader in computer chip manufacturing, its status has eroded over the last two decades, and the country is increasingly worried about falling behind.

sounds like the perfect place to court with funding then.... (^_-)

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Japan is good at making the machines required to manufacture semiconductors. No semiconductor fab in the world would work without the likes of TEL, SCREEN, etc.. However, Japan has long since dropped the ball on actual semiconductor manufacturing. Sure, the likes of SONY and KIOXIA still exist, but no way will there ever be a Japanese version of TSMC or Samsung; the Japanese just can't get it together, and that ship has long since sailed.

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Go to Akihabara

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David, you are utterly misinformed. TSMC is building a 20 and 28 nm fab in Kumamoto together with Sony and Denso. It's called Japan Advanced Semiconductor Manufacturing.

On another note, I find it very disgraceful to pursue such economic goals after a funeral.

Moreover, if the US wants Japan's support and parts, the US shouldn't fund only domestically produced EV sales with an incentive.

This is the US treating everyone as a vassal state over and over. There's simply no respect.

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I like the masks and mask nots...Guess the US doesn't subscribe to mask wearing..

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On another note, I find it very disgraceful to pursue such economic goals after a funeral.

The funeral was the previous day. How long should one wait before conducting business after a funeral?

Moreover, if the US wants Japan's support and parts, the US shouldn't fund only domestically produced EV sales with an incentive.

Why would the US subsidize something it get no benefit from? The US is simply looking out for it's interest.

This is the US treating everyone as a vassal state over and over. There's simply no respect.

Cry me a river.

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It makes sense to diversify the supply chain with established manufacturers, especially amidst anticipated friction with China.

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How scared they are of China..

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Sounds like another moneygrab via the US. Gotta love America!

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How scared they are of China..

And the opposite holds true in China, they need someone to buy their cheap goods

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Japan has the capability produce the products. A lot of parts in various products like flagship smart devices and computers are made by Japanese companies. The challenges might come with the demand for large production and acquire materials. Japan would need to pay better incentives to get better employees. Also, China has been trying to use monopolies like the rare earth industry both on Earth and the moon to make money and to exert influence over other countries and businesses like Russia has been doing.

India is another option, but they cannot be trusted like China and Russia. There is potential in certain African countries, but Western countries especially the ones that actually caused a lot of the problems on the African continent and the Middle East are unwilling to invest.

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"The citizens and the people of our countries rely on products without even knowing sometimes how reliant those products are on semiconductor chips," Harris said

Ah yes, the great unwashed and dumb citizens need to be led by the enlightened elites.

Chip fab facilities are already under construction in the US and didn’t need this new taxpayer handout, but let’s do it anyway to look like we did something.

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semicondutors 28 - 24 nm and gpu and AI chips 7-5 nm .. these machines are complete different

Yes japan can pickup the 7-5 nm fabs with help of the USA and The Netherlands it is the savest place in asia to do this and are good freinds with the two countries..

So Japan go for it .

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Harris said the U.S. understands that "no one country can satisfy the globe's demand" and "it is important that we and our allies partner and coordinate in a way that allows us to grow and in a way that allows us to function at a very practical level."

Nice to see she hasn't lost her eloquence and her incisive analytical skills.

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If you can’t sell to China, you won’t have the economies of scale on your side to make money in production, not to mention the data.

but no way will there ever be a Japanese version of TSMC or Samsung; the Japanese just can't get it together, and that ship has long since sailed.

Another example of how US shoots itself in the foot. Japan’s problem was that it was an up and coming no.2 that had to be reckoned with. The U.S. did an excellent job to prevent Japan from overtaking the US.

The same with Germany and EC. The EU is also a threat to the US. The pipelines from Russia must be stopped.

We’re now watching how the U.S. will deal with China. The old insurrection trick hasn’t worked. China knows there are 400 US biological labs all over the world. The lockdowns are China’s disaster drills practicing for the next virus.

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ASML gives the world's leading chipmakers the power to mass produce patterns on silicon

She is not really up to date. In the Netherlands there they make the best machines to produce this stuff.

ASML clients Samsung and many more, China want the machines as well but do not get them

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BobToday  09:04 am JST

David, you are utterly misinformed. TSMC is building a 20 and 28 nm fab in Kumamoto together with Sony and Denso. It's called Japan Advanced Semiconductor Manufacturing.

but the lead company, the actual chipmaker, is Taiwanese I believe.....

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Send the fax in, we will take care of it..

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David, you are utterly misinformed. TSMC is building a 20 and 28 nm fab in Kumamoto together with Sony and Denso. It's called Japan Advanced Semiconductor Manufacturing.

I know. I'll be working there once it's opened, seeing as I am a semiconductor engineer. Your comment shows you know nothing of who is pulling the strings behind the scenes.

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oh, it's not so free market now?

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@David I know very well a company that's pulling the strings, and that's actually the truth. No engineer in semiconductors would refer to himself as 'semiconductor engineer'. There is no such job description.

On another note, I find it very disgraceful to pursue such economic goals after a funeral.

The funeral was the previous day. How long should one wait before conducting business after a funeral?

Moreover, if the US wants Japan's support and parts, the US shouldn't fund only domestically produced EV sales with an incentive.

Why would the US subsidize something it get no benefit from? The US is simply looking out for it's interest.

This is the US treating everyone as a vassal state over and over. There's simply no respect.

Cry me a river.

1) Longer than a day at least. It should be postponed to another trip to show proper respect.

2) Because no other countries use such domestic subsidies for EV products. Other countries can also play this game. And why should Japan prioritize the US if the US uses foul play?

3) Your comment shows the same disrespect that Japan gets from the US constantly. Remember the picture of the 天皇 with General MacArthur? It's the same thing over and over. The US simply has no decency in politics. They count on everyone bowing their heads to their force.

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No engineer in semiconductors would refer to himself as 'semiconductor engineer'. There is no such job description.

People like you wouldn't know what I mean if I wrote "spinner module engineer", hence using the layman's term. Incidentally, what is the preferred term these days for "English teacher" in Japan? "Education consultant" or something? Do tell!

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