VP Harris seeks computer chip partners in Japan meetings

Sep 27, 2022, 1:01 AM | Updated: 9:07 pm
U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, left, hosts a roundtable discussion with Japanese business execu...

U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, left, hosts a roundtable discussion with Japanese business executives from companies in the semiconductor industry, at the Chief Mission Residence in Tokyo Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022. (Leah Millis/Pool Photo via AP)

(Leah Millis/Pool Photo via AP)

              U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, left, hosts a roundtable discussion with Japanese business executives from companies in the semiconductor industry, at the Chief Mission Residence in Tokyo Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022. (Leah Millis/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris holds her face mask as she hosts a roundtable discussion with Japanese business executives from companies in the semiconductor industry, at the Chief Mission Residence in Tokyo Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022. (Leah Millis/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, center, hosts a roundtable discussion with Japanese business executives from companies in the semiconductor industry, at the Chief Mission Residence in Tokyo Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022. (Leah Millis/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris hosts a roundtable discussion with Japanese business executives from companies in the semiconductor industry, at the Chief Mission Residence in Tokyo Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022. (Leah Millis/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, center, hosts a roundtable discussion with Japanese business executives from companies in the semiconductor industry, at the Chief Mission Residence in Tokyo Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022. (Leah Millis/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris hosts a roundtable discussion with Japanese business executives from companies in the semiconductor industry, at the Chief Mission Residence in Tokyo Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022. (Leah Millis/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris hosts a roundtable discussion with Japanese business executives from companies in the semiconductor industry, at the Chief Mission Residence in Tokyo Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022. (Leah Millis/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris hosts a roundtable discussion with Japanese business executives from companies in the semiconductor industry, at the Chief Mission Residence in Tokyo Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022. (Leah Millis/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, left, hosts a roundtable discussion with Japanese business executives from companies in the semiconductor industry, at the Chief Mission Residence in Tokyo Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022. (Leah Millis/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris holds her face mask as she hosts a roundtable discussion with Japanese business executives from companies in the semiconductor industry, at the Chief Mission Residence in Tokyo Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022. (Leah Millis/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, center, hosts a roundtable discussion with Japanese business executives from companies in the semiconductor industry, at the Chief Mission Residence in Tokyo Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022. (Leah Millis/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris hosts a roundtable discussion with Japanese business executives from companies in the semiconductor industry, at the Chief Mission Residence in Tokyo Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022. (Leah Millis/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, center, hosts a roundtable discussion with Japanese business executives from companies in the semiconductor industry, at the Chief Mission Residence in Tokyo Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022. (Leah Millis/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris hosts a roundtable discussion with Japanese business executives from companies in the semiconductor industry, at the Chief Mission Residence in Tokyo Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022. (Leah Millis/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris hosts a roundtable discussion with Japanese business executives from companies in the semiconductor industry, at the Chief Mission Residence in Tokyo Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022. (Leah Millis/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris hosts a roundtable discussion with Japanese business executives from companies in the semiconductor industry, at the Chief Mission Residence in Tokyo Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022. (Leah Millis/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, left, hosts a roundtable discussion with Japanese business executives from companies in the semiconductor industry, at the Chief Mission Residence in Tokyo Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022. (Leah Millis/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris holds her face mask as she hosts a roundtable discussion with Japanese business executives from companies in the semiconductor industry, at the Chief Mission Residence in Tokyo Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022. (Leah Millis/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, center, hosts a roundtable discussion with Japanese business executives from companies in the semiconductor industry, at the Chief Mission Residence in Tokyo Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022. (Leah Millis/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris hosts a roundtable discussion with Japanese business executives from companies in the semiconductor industry, at the Chief Mission Residence in Tokyo Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022. (Leah Millis/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, center, hosts a roundtable discussion with Japanese business executives from companies in the semiconductor industry, at the Chief Mission Residence in Tokyo Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022. (Leah Millis/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris hosts a roundtable discussion with Japanese business executives from companies in the semiconductor industry, at the Chief Mission Residence in Tokyo Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022. (Leah Millis/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris hosts a roundtable discussion with Japanese business executives from companies in the semiconductor industry, at the Chief Mission Residence in Tokyo Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022. (Leah Millis/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris hosts a roundtable discussion with Japanese business executives from companies in the semiconductor industry, at the Chief Mission Residence in Tokyo Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022. (Leah Millis/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, left, hosts a roundtable discussion with Japanese business executives from companies in the semiconductor industry, at the Chief Mission Residence in Tokyo Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022. (Leah Millis/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris holds her face mask as she hosts a roundtable discussion with Japanese business executives from companies in the semiconductor industry, at the Chief Mission Residence in Tokyo Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022. (Leah Millis/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, center, hosts a roundtable discussion with Japanese business executives from companies in the semiconductor industry, at the Chief Mission Residence in Tokyo Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022. (Leah Millis/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris hosts a roundtable discussion with Japanese business executives from companies in the semiconductor industry, at the Chief Mission Residence in Tokyo Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022. (Leah Millis/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, center, hosts a roundtable discussion with Japanese business executives from companies in the semiconductor industry, at the Chief Mission Residence in Tokyo Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022. (Leah Millis/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris hosts a roundtable discussion with Japanese business executives from companies in the semiconductor industry, at the Chief Mission Residence in Tokyo Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022. (Leah Millis/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris hosts a roundtable discussion with Japanese business executives from companies in the semiconductor industry, at the Chief Mission Residence in Tokyo Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022. (Leah Millis/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris hosts a roundtable discussion with Japanese business executives from companies in the semiconductor industry, at the Chief Mission Residence in Tokyo Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022. (Leah Millis/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris speaks as she holds a bilateral meeting with Australia's Prime Minister Anthony Albanese in Tokyo, Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022. (Leah Millis/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris visits Zojoji Temple on the day of the state funeral for former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022, in Tokyo. (Leah Millis/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris visits Zojoji Temple on the day of the state funeral for former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022, in Tokyo. (Leah Millis/Pool Photo via AP)

TOKYO (AP) — Armed with a new law that boosts U.S. support for computer chip manufacturing, Vice President Kamala Harris said the administration was looking for new investments and partnerships as she sat down with Japanese technology executives on Wednesday.

The morning meeting on her last full day in Tokyo reflects the administration’s focus on boosting semiconductor manufacturing and expanding the supply chain for critical materials.

The economy’s vulnerability to disruptions in the flow of computer chips was revealed during the pandemic, when a shortage helped increase costs and stall the assembly of cars and other products.

“The citizens and the people of our countries rely on products without even knowing sometimes how reliant those products are on semiconductor chips,” Harris said during the meeting at the U.S. ambassador’s residence.

With China investing in computer chips of its own, the U.S. is trying to increase its domestic semiconductor manufacturing while also working to solidify its technology relationships with South Korea, Taiwan and Japan.

Harris said the U.S. understands that “no one country can satisfy the globe’s demand” and “it is important that we and our allies partner and coordinate in a way that allows us to grow and in a way that allows us to function at a very practical level.”

Legislation signed by President Joe Biden, known as the CHIPS and Science Act, includes $52 billion for grants and incentives for semiconductor companies, plus a 25% tax credit when they invest in U.S. facilities. There’s also about $200 billion over the next decade to support research programs.

Harris described the legislation as “a down payment on future American leadership,” but she emphasized that “we see Japan as playing a very important and critical role.”

Jimmy Goodrich, vice president for global policy at the Semiconductor Industry Association, “there’s a big opportunity and significant space for future investment” involving Japan.

Although Japan was once a world leader in computer chip manufacturing, its status has eroded over the last two decades, and the country is increasingly worried about falling behind.

Much like the United States has done, Japan has set up its own fund to support semiconductor production. Out of $4.3 billion, $3.3 billion is being provided in subsidies for a new factory in Kumamoto, in the country’s southwest.

The facility is slated to begin production by the end of 2024, and it’s a partnership between the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Sony Group and Denso.

The companies participating in the meeting with Harris include Tokyo Electron, Nikon, Hitachi High Tech Group, Fujitsu Limited, Micron and others.

When Biden was in Japan earlier this year, the two nations agreed to work together on computer chips, including through a joint group focused on developing more powerful technologies.

There are worries that if Japan is slow to act, the fruits of the Biden initiative may likely be snatched up by another, and more ready, Asian ally, South Korea.

Yasutoshi Nishimura, the Japanese minister for economy, trade and industry, has repeatedly stressed the U.S.-Japan alliance on semiconductors, as well as energy and other issues.

In recent meetings with U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo and U.S. Ambassador Rahm Emanuel, Nishimura has promised to set up a facility for semiconductor chips research in Japan this year, and expand the partnership on semiconductors with other allies, including Europe and Taiwan.

Atsushi Sunami, who teaches at The National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, or GRIPS, in Tokyo, noted that the drawbacks to Japan tackling advanced semiconductor technology may be rooted in the view that Japan should not get involved in defense studies.

That view stems from Japan’s role in World War II and the prevalent pacifist views, both in Japan and in international circles, that came after its defeat. But Sunami stressed a quick rethinking was in order, and the U.S. moves, given the U.S.-Japan alliance, could be an opportunity for Japan.

“As the U.S.-China hegemonic competition escalates, how Japan hopes to position itself in the jockeying for international standards and rule-making, and the strategic formation of alliances among nations, as well as among companies, will be critically meaningful,” he said in a report earlier this year.

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

AP

FILE An oil tanker is moored at the Sheskharis complex, part of Chernomortransneft JSC, a subsidiar...
Associated Press

Russian oil price cap, EU ban aim to limit Kremlin war chest

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Oil prices rose Monday as the first strong measures to limit Russia’s oil profits over the war in Ukraine took effect, bringing with them uncertainty about how much crude could be lost to the global economy through the new sanctions or Russian retaliation. International benchmark Brent crude rose 2% to $87.30 […]
1 day ago
Associated Press

Liz Weston: Make the most of new rules for charitable giving

Most people no longer get a tax deduction when they donate to charity. That shouldn’t keep you from making donations, but you may want to change your approach. Typically, only taxpayers who itemize deductions can write off charitable contributions. The vast majority of taxpayers instead take the standard deduction, which was nearly doubled by the […]
1 day ago
FILE - A French artillery piece Caesar is displayed at the Eurosatory land and airland defense and ...
Associated Press

Report: Ukraine war ups arms sales but challenges lie ahead

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Global arms sales increased by nearly 2% in 2021, the seventh consecutive year of increases, an international arms sales watchdog noted Monday. It added that the war in Ukraine had increased demand for weapons this year, but the conflict may also lead to a supply challenge, not least because Russia is a […]
1 day ago
In this photo provided by Indian Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar's Twitter handle, Jaishankar and Ge...
Associated Press

India signals it will continue to buy oil from Russia

NEW DELHI (AP) — India will prioritize its own energy needs and continue to buy oil from Russia, its foreign minister signaled Monday, as Western governments press Moscow with a price cap to squeeze its earnings from oil exports. Minister of External Affairs Subrahmanyam Jaishankar made the comments after holding talks with his visiting German […]
1 day ago
Rescue workers search the waters of the Jukskei river in Johannesburg, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022. At lea...
Associated Press

Search for Johannesburg worshippers swept by flood; 14 dead

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The death toll from the tragic flash flood that swept away members of a church congregation along the Jukskei River in Johannesburg has risen from nine to 14, officials have confirmed. Rescue teams on Monday resumed search operations for at least three people still missing. Twelve bodies were recovered on Sunday in […]
1 day ago
Associated Press

Oxford Dictionaries names ‘goblin mode’ its word of the year

LONDON (AP) — Asked to sum up 2022 in a word, the public has chosen a phrase. Oxford Dictionaries said Monday that “goblin mode” has been selected by online vote as its word of the year. It defines the term as “a type of behavior which is unapologetically self-indulgent, lazy, slovenly, or greedy, typically in […]
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

Comcast Ready for Business Fund...
Ilona Lohrey | President and CEO, GSBA

GSBA is closing the disparity gap with Ready for Business Fund

GSBA, Comcast, and other partners are working to address disparities in access to financial resources with the Ready for Business fund.
SHIBA WA...

Medicare open enrollment is here and SHIBA can help!

The SHIBA program – part of the Office of the Insurance Commissioner – is ready to help with your Medicare open enrollment decisions.
Lake Washington Windows...

Choosing Best Windows for Your Home

Lake Washington Windows and Doors is a local window dealer offering the exclusive Leak Armor installation.
Anacortes Christmas Tree...

Come one, come all! Food, Drink, and Coastal Christmas – Anacortes has it all!

Come celebrate Anacortes’ 11th annual Bier on the Pier! Bier on the Pier takes place on October 7th and 8th and features local ciders, food trucks and live music - not to mention the beautiful views of the Guemes Channel and backdrop of downtown Anacortes.
Swedish Cyberknife Treatment...

The revolutionary treatment of Swedish CyberKnife provides better quality of life for majority of patients

There are a wide variety of treatments options available for men with prostate cancer. One of the most technologically advanced treatment options in the Pacific Northwest is Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy using the CyberKnife platform at Swedish Medical Center.
Work at Zum Services...

Seattle Public Schools announces three-year contract with Zum

Seattle Public Schools just announced a three-year contract with a brand-new company to the Pacific Northwest to assist with their student transportation: Zum.
VP Harris seeks computer chip partners in Japan meetings