According to Jiwei.com, the Financial Times talked about the issue of semiconductor talents in Japan on June 26. The largest semiconductor manufacturer such as Toshiba and Sony warned that the government's revitalization of the domestic chip industry was threatened by engineers.
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As it is expected to have a shortage of labor, Japan is striving to increase semiconductor investment to strengthen economic security and respond to chip shortages caused by the interruption of new crown pneumonia.
Last month, an electronic industry institution said in a appeal to the Japanese Economic and Industry Province's appeal that the next five years of 2030 will be the biggest opportunity for the Japanese semiconductor industry to lose its global market share for many years.
The Japan Electronic Information Technology Industry Association said that the success of the industry depends on whether it can gain enough talents to innovate and operate its chip factories. It is estimated that in the next 10 years, eight large manufacturers will need to recruit about 35,000 engineers to keep up with the pace of investment.
Hideki Wakabayashi, head of the Policy Proposal Working Group of the Semiconductor Committee of the Japan Semiconductor Industry Association and a professor at Tokyo University of Sciences, said: "People often say that semiconductor lacks, but engineers are the most lacking."
In the late 1980s, the Japanese semiconductor company expanded production, surpassing the United States, accounting for more than half of the global market share. However, after a fierce trade conflict with Washington, Japan made a leading position to South Korea, Taiwan and mainland China.
This led to the large -scale layoffs of engineers after the global financial crisis in 2008. Hideki Wakabayashi said that this is why there is not enough senior experience engineers today.
Toyoki Mitsui, manager of the flash memory manufacturer Jeita (part of the working group), said that students who study semiconductors at university now tend to join financial institutions or technology companies because the chip industry has long lost attraction.
In order to stimulate innovation and cultivate future employees, Toshiba, Sony and other companies are working with the best science universities across the country to invest more funds for chip research and recruitment.
Last month, U.S. President Joe & Middot; Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Kishita Nada promised to strengthen semiconductor manufacturing capabilities and strengthen cooperation in developing advanced chips.
TSMC is working with Sony to build a $ 8.6 billion factory on Kyushu Island in the south, and plans to recruit about 1,700 workers for the factory. The government said it will provide subsidies of up to 476 billion yuan (US $ 3.5 billion).
More and more factories are about to be put into production. Armor and its joint venture partners Western data is spent nearly 1 trillion yen to build a factory in central Japan. The factory will be put into operation in this fall. In addition, it will allocate another 1 trillion yen to build a factory scheduled to be completed next year in northern Japan.
Ruisa Electronics will invest 90 billion yen to restart a factory closed in 2014 to expand the production of electric vehicle power semiconductors. Kazuma Inoue, the consultant of Recruit, pointed out: "Until the mid -190s, Japan had been different from other countries in the world in terms of investment and recruitment, although the scale of the global chip industry had doubled."
However, Kazuma INOUE said it was difficult to find workers. According to data released by the Japan Bureau of Statistics, the number of electronic components, equipment and circuit employees from 25 to 44 decreased from 380,000 in 2010 to 2021.
Takashi Miyamori, an executive of Toshiba Electronic Component Department, said: "Most Japanese scientific students are more interested in IT, not necessarily semiconductors. We are competing for the best engineers around the world. We need to find a way to improve competitiveness."