Japan Bets Big on Micron—and Its Own Chip Ambitions

The country, once a chip-making heavyweight, has fallen behind in fabrication. But recent trends could help change that.

Micron plans to invest in advanced memory-chip making in Japan, with financial support from Tokyo. Photo: kai pfaffenbach/Reuters

The U.S. and China’s war for chip supremacy continued apace this weekend. Japan—an old hand in the chip industry—could benefit. But probably only if it solves other structural problems that are also bedeviling America’s own chip plans: scarce chip-making engineering talent and high labor costs among them.

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