TOKYO, Oct 8 (Reuters) - Taiwan's TSMC and Japan's
Sony Group Corp are considering jointly building a chip
factory in Japan, with the government ready to pay for some of
the investment of about 800 billion yen ($7.15 billion), the
Nikkei reported on Friday.
The plant in Kumamoto, southern Japan, is expected to
produce semiconductors for automobiles, camera image sensors and
other products which have been hit by a global chip shortage,
and is likely to start operations by 2024, the report said.
Japan's top auto parts maker Denso is also looking
to participate through such steps as setting up equipment at the
site, the report said. The Toyota Motor group member seeks
stable supplies of chips used in its auto parts.
Both Sony and TSMC declined to comment, while Denso was not
immediately available to comment. TSMC, the world's largest
contract chipmaker and major Apple Inc supplier had
said in July that it was reviewing a plan to set up production
TSMC has been concerned about the the concentration of
chipmaking capability in Taiwan, which produces the majority of
the world's most advanced chips. China does not rule out the use
of force to bring the democratic island under its control.
Japanese officials are also worried about the supply chain
stability of its industries, with a global chip shortage forcing
automakers to cut production.
($1 = 111.8600 yen)
(Reporting by Shinji Kitamura in Tokyo and Ben Blanchard in
Taipei; Writing by Ritsuko Ando; Editing by Kim Coghill, Kirsten
Donovan and Lincoln Feast.)