Recovering the lost 30 years of Japan’s revival of semiconductors: teaming up with the United States to develop a new generation of technology

In the field of semiconductors, in addition to the birthplace of the United States, Japanese companies used to be very powerful, and even accounted for half of the world’s production capacity in the 1980s. In order to regain the glory of the past, Japan has now launched the “semiconductor Industry Emergency Strengthening Plan” to revive its glory, hoping that the semiconductor output value will reach three times that of 2020 in 10 years.

According to Japanese media reports, in order to strengthen the semiconductor industry, which is increasingly important in economic security, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan held an expert meeting on November 15 and announced the “Semiconductor Industry Emergency Strengthening Plan” to revitalize Japan’s semiconductor industry.

Japan hopes to attract manufacturers to build advanced semiconductor factories in Japan through financial assistance, and will provide assistance for equipment renewal of Japan’s existing old factories, and will work with the United States to develop next-generation semiconductors, thereby boosting Japan’s declining semiconductor market share , the goal is to increase the semiconductor revenue of Japanese companies to 13 trillion yen in 2030, which will be about three times the current (2020) level.

Recovering the lost 30 years of Japan’s revival of semiconductors: teaming up with the United States to develop a new generation of technology

In 1988, Japan’s market share in the global semiconductor market was as high as 50%, but in 2019, it has fallen to about 10%.

The “Semiconductor Industry Emergency Strengthening Plan” announced by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan will be included in the economic measures that the Japanese government is expected to finalize on November 19. The plan mainly divides Japan’s semiconductor revitalization measures into three stages (short, medium and long-term) to promote .

Among them, the first stage (the first round of assistance measures), which is the core of the policy, is to ensure advanced semiconductor production capacity in Japan, and will continue to provide assistance for several years in the form of subsidies to attract overseas manufacturers to set up factories in Japan. The subsidy objects will include the TSMC plan. The state-of-the-art semiconductor factory built in Kumamoto Prefecture will also provide financial assistance to upgrade the equipment of existing old semiconductor factories in Japan, thereby enhancing the competitiveness of the existing factories.

In the medium and long term (phases 2 and 3), we will work with the United States to develop next-generation semiconductor technologies, and will build an international cooperation system that enables industry-academia cooperation with global companies.

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