back to article UK and Japan ink agreement for semiconductor and security cooperation

British prime minister Rishi Sunak and Japanese prime minister Fumio Kishida on Thursday signed the Hiroshima Accord – a document declaring a global strategic partnership between the two island nations. Among its goals, the Accord vows to promote cooperation between the two countries on semiconductors and the emerging areas …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Japan brings advanced semiconductor manufacturing technology, and the UK contributes onion bhajii and the Northern Ireland market.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Unicorns. We offered to add Unicorns.

  2. codejunky Silver badge


    Sounds good

  3. steamnut

    Irony writ large.

    Surely it is the strangest of ironies that we do a deal with Japan when one of their largest companies, Softbank, recently decided to list one of "our" companies, ARM, on the US NASDAQ?

    After ARM and the Welsh company Newport Wafer Fab which has been bought by the Chinese, there is nothing left to offer.

    And £1bn does not even get us a seat at the table of semiconductor manufacture.

    1. unimaginative

      Re: Irony writ large.

      What a business does is not some failure of countries' or governments' relationships.

      The LSE has never attracted tech listings, apart from small British companies. Even ARM was only worth a billion or so when it listed in the 90s.

  4. Pascal Monett Silver badge

    "ambitious joint research and development collaboration"

    Apparently is would already be ambitious for any research at all to be funded in the UK.

    1. Vometia has insomnia. Again. Silver badge

      Re: "ambitious joint research and development collaboration"

      Sadly. It's been "banking or GTFO" since the '90s. :|

  5. Trigun

    Interesting stuff and it sounds positive.

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