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CNA: U.S. and Japan Plan to Cooperate in Developing Semiconductor Talents

Primary Taiwanese news agency Central News Agency (CNA) recently reported that, with China’s significantly enhanced military strength, and in view of the rising security tensions with China, the governments of the United States and Japan are planning to cooperate to develop advanced semiconductor technology talents, with the hope of playing a leading role in the global semiconductor market. The governments are scheduled to hold a discussion in Washington in January at the U.S.-Japan Summit and Ministerial Talks to confirm the cooperative relationship. Discussions of the specifics to strengthen the talent development plan are set to kick off in the coming spring. At present, it is the most feasible plan for the United States and Japan to send researchers or students to research institutions or high-tech companies. The scope of enhanced cooperation will include new generation technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and supercomputers. The U.S. and Japan reached a consensus on the principles of semiconductor cooperation in May 2022. That includes promoting the diversification of semiconductor manufacturing capabilities. The two sides have their own strengths in semiconductor technology and will cooperate to complement each other. Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry established the Leading-edge Semiconductor Technology Center (LSTC) in December 2022. The United States is scheduled to establish the National Semiconductor Research Center under NSTC in February 2023. The two countries will strengthen the exchange of semiconductor talents, the practical application of research results, and the mass production of new-generation semiconductor technologies.

Source: CNA, December 29, 2022