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Tale of Two Chip Wars: First Japan, Then China

The current U.S.-China chip war is a world apart from an earlier American-Japanese semiconductor conflict.

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By Junko Yoshida

As a cub reporter in Tokyo in 1992, I covered the U.S.-Japan chip war. Living now in the U.S., I’m watching America’s latest chip war with China building steam like a slow-motion train wreck.

In both conflicts, the U.S. goal is defending its lead in technology innovation, while hobbling its rival’s rapid advances.

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