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Chip Shortage Turns Repair of Japan Factory Into National Effort

  • Automakers, government seeking speedy recovery of chip plant
  • Goal to resume operations within a month seen as big challenge
Vehicle Shipment at Yokohama Port Ahead of Auto Companies Earnings
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Japan’s government and businesses are racing to bring a fire-damaged automotive chip plant back online, underscoring how important the component has become in a supply chain already under strain because of booming demand for semiconductors.

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry is mobilizing to help Renesas Electronics Corp., one of the top providers of chips used in car electronics, procure equipment after a fire broke out at one of its plants Friday. The nation’s automakers, who depend on Renesas to supply semiconductors, are dispatching workers to the damaged site to help with recovery activities.