TSMC to build a wafer fab in Kumamoto, Japan Kyushu to open a semiconductor course

Taiwan semiconductor maker TSMC at a plant in Taichung Central Science Park, March 25, 2021.

TSMC (TSMC) will build a fab in Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan, and the Japanese government will offer semiconductor courses in eight higher vocational schools in Kyushu (similar to Taiwan’s five colleges) in 2022 in order to revive “Hinomaru Semiconductor” (the general name for Japan’s domestic semiconductor companies).

Japan’s Yomiuri Shimbun reported that TSMC will set up factories in Kumamoto Prefecture belongs to Kyushu region, a number of Japanese government sources revealed that Kumamoto as the first, including Fukuoka, Nagasaki, Oita, Miyazaki and Kagoshima and other six prefectures in Kyushu, there are eight higher technical schools (referred to as high schools) will be prepared for the training of semiconductor talent base, in order to enhance the semiconductor professional manpower.

The report said that Japan hopes to increase the number of semiconductor technology personnel in the case of global semiconductor shortage, and to enable the recovery of the world’s leading “Hinomaru Semiconductor” in the past.

Japan’s high school is a five-year institution of higher education for high school graduates, the content of the curriculum in addition to general common subjects, there are mechanical, electronic, chemical and other specialized subjects, education is characterized by the importance of experiments and practice.

However, Japanese government officials said that although the current high school graduates have a high level of technical ability, they have received little specialized education in semiconductors, and few can be active in the semiconductor industry.

The curriculum of the eight Kyushu high schools will add semiconductor-related knowledge and technology, and the specific content will be decided by the Kyushu Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry and other units in discussion with semiconductor-related companies.

The report pointed out that more than 60% of Japan’s domestic demand for semiconductors rely on imports from Taiwan and China and other foreign countries, and it is expected that the future development of digitalization and global demand for semiconductors continue to increase, from the point of view of stable supply and economic security, it is necessary to produce semiconductors in Japan as soon as possible.