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Apple supplier Japan Display looks to sell LCD factory

Leading smartphone screen manufacturer and iPhone supplier Japan Display (JDI) is reportedly in talks with Apple and Sharp for the sale of its primary smartphone factory in Hakusan City, western Japan.

The factory may sell for as much as $820 million USD, according to estimates from Nikkei. Japan Display said it was considering all options for the plant, which may include a sale to Apple or Sharp, or a bailout from an asset management company.

JDI also stated that it is currently running a comprehensive equipment and infrastructure assessment at the facility, in advance of a decision on the Hakusan plant’s future.


Fatal fire in AWS Tokyo data centre

A data center in Tokyo was the site of a fatal fire, killing five and injuring 50. The data center is believed to belong to Amazon, as the latest AWS facility in the region. The building, which is located in the Tokyo suburb of Tama, caught fire at 1:45 PM on July 26, and continued… Read More


Digital Realty and Mitsubishi partner to conquer Japan

U.S. data centre real estate investment trust (REIT) Digital Realty is partnering with Mitsubishi Corporation to build data centres in Japan. The joint venture will create a new company called MC Digital Realty, which will operate on a 50/50 basis between the two existing firms, and will start with an initial capital of more than… Read More


Western Digital files for arbitration in Toshiba dispute

Western Digital has filed a request for arbitration with the International Chamber of Commerce, stating that Toshiba violated the companies’ joint venture contracts by spinning off the flash memory business into a separate unit for sale. Last week, Western Digital CEO Steve Milligan met with Toshiba President Satoshi Tsunakawa to discuss the Japanese company’s effort to… Read More


KDDI and JPIX partner for data centre POP

KDDI and Japan Internet Exchange Company (JPIX) have established a point-of-presence for JPIX within the Telehouse Osaka 2 data center. JPIX will immediately begin to provide internet exchange services as a new Osaka Kyobashi site. The new POP will expand the Telehouse interconnect service, combining the strengths of JPIX’s low latency connections and KDDI’s reliability… Read More



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