Taiwan chipmaker TSMC opens first semiconductor plant in Japan

Feb24,2024



taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has officially inaugurated its first semiconductor plant In Japan On Saturday, it marks a significant step in its global expansion. The company's president, Mark Liu, expressed his gratitude to the Japanese government, the local community, and business partners including Sony and Denso for their support.
The Japan Advanced Semiconductor Manufacturing (JASM) plant is scheduled to begin operations later this year, with a second plant planned in the Kumamoto region. The opening of the plant was hailed by Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida as a major milestone, emphasizing the importance of cutting-edge semiconductor technology and Japan's friendly relations with Taiwan.
Japan's strategic location, its status as a key US ally and its need for chip self-reliance have made it an attractive option for TSMC.
The move is also important for Japan, which aims to revive its chip industry With a budget of US$33 billion. The pandemic and chip supply disruptions have further highlighted the need for domestic chip production.
TSMC plants in Japan are expected to create 3,400 high-tech jobs and meet growing demand for advanced chips in electric vehicles and artificial intelligence.
Although Japan's chip industry has faced challenges in recent years, it still has expertise in important aspects of the sector.
China claims the self-ruled island of Taiwan and says it should come under Beijing's control. The long-running dispute is a flashpoint in US-China relations.



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