‘Taiwanese love Japan’: TSMC’s Kumamoto factory bolsters Taipei-Tokyo ties

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TAIPEI – Japan’s south-western Kumamoto prefecture has seen a surge in travel interest from the Taiwanese – not because of the opening of a theme park or tourist attraction, but a semiconductor factory. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, or TSMC as it is better known, opened its first factory in Japan on Feb 24, an event that was met with fanfare and drew a congratulatory video message from Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida. The opening signals a potential revival for Japan’s semiconductor industry, and is a crucial move for the Taiwanese company – the world’s largest contract chipmaker – to diversify...