Japan will set up a research and development center for next-generation semiconductors in its home country to jointly develop 2nm semiconductor chips with the United States and start production by 2025, IT said.
Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi and Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Koichi Hagiuda met with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Commerce Secretary Carlos Raimondo in Washington on Wednesday for a foreign and economic minister-level meeting, during which they discussed infrastructure investment and supply chain security in developing countries.
Hagiuda said Japan would move quickly to develop next-generation semiconductor research and would establish a new research and development base with the United States to ensure a secure and stable source of important components. He also said the center would be open to other like-minded countries.
Although the two countries did not disclose further details of the plan at the meeting, Japan's Nikkei newspaper previously reported that the semiconductor research and development center will be set up in Japan by the end of this year and will focus on 2nm semiconductor chips. The report noted that the research and development center will include a prototype production line and start production by 2025.
The friction between the United States and Japan in the semiconductor industry, which has been moving from competition to cooperation, began in the second half of the 1980s, when Japanese semiconductor manufacturers swept the global market and held more than 50 percent of the market, IT House learned. Subsequently, the United States continued to suppress the Japanese semiconductor industry, and the share of Japanese semiconductor in the global market dropped to 10%. In 1993, the share of American semiconductor surpassed that of Japan, and it has remained so far. In May this year, Hagiuda told the media, "I feel the strange fate of cooperating with the U.S. in the semiconductor industry."