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Free Renesas from its golden cage called Japan

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Roger3
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Roger3   9/5/2012 10:11:46 AM
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Good example. They also decided to focus on memory and sold all the non-memory business to investors, what is Magnachip today.

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jackOfManyTrades   9/5/2012 7:25:28 AM
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I work for another Japanese company, which is also losing money hand-over-fist. Much of the original article and the comments below apply equally well to my company, too. It has been struggling for many years now and in that time has been continuously centralising design in Japan, which just compounds the problem.

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junko.yoshida   9/5/2012 4:26:54 AM
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Thanks. The interview with Mr. Akao last week gave me one of those rare moments. As soon as I closed my reporter's notebook, I understood that this would be probably his last interview. It has given me a lot to think about; and I am still looking for answers...

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Aquarious   9/4/2012 8:18:51 PM
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Junko, I feel your pain through the words you typed, and I share that. Just wanted to ask you to keep on doing what you're doing, openly and courageously. You are an amazing journalist.

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OIB1234   9/4/2012 6:44:03 PM
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The problem with Renesas "today" is no different than "yesterday". It is managed "the Hitachi way". When Renesas was first formed, Hitachi was the dominate organization, most of Mitsubishi's management was pushed out by the sheer numbers Hitachi brought to the merger, ~18 employees from Hitachi and ~9k from Mitsubishi with revenue numbers being less than 10% different. Few remember that Mitsubishi was slightly profitable, several 10's of millions, with Hitachi bleeding away almost $1B. The fabs Hitachi brought were older and manually operated, where the fabs Mitsubishi brought were larger and more automated. Until the former Hitachi management is disposed, little will change within Renesas.

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t.alex   9/4/2012 2:42:22 PM
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I share the same experience too

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joshxdr   9/4/2012 11:59:29 AM
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Hynix also was a "shotgun wedding" like Renasas. The difference is that Hynix had a near-death experience, and was forced to fire 2/3 of the management. Hynix never had a cushy domestic market to depend on. The slow decline of Renasas may be part of their problem. A short, sharp shock may have been more therapeutic.

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joshxdr   9/4/2012 11:56:07 AM
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I worked in Infineon in Munich, and there were many foreign-born engineers working there. Most meetings were held in English. The level of English proficiency in Japan is not good enough to leverage foreign talent this way. In Japan, you can hold a meeting in English, half the attendees will nod knowingly and not understand anything you say.

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Roger3   9/3/2012 6:28:56 PM
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You certainly don´t know the guys I put in the list. These guys have a huge experience in the turnaround of semiconductor companies. The age doesn´t matter, but the knowledge they have of semiconductor market certainly could save Renesas. Working 20 hours a day , 7 days a week in the wrong direction will not be effective.

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WW Thinker   9/3/2012 1:40:23 PM
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You must be joking. These guys have already passed their prime time. Unless a company has mountains of cash reserve like Apple does, it doesn't make sense to give these old men (mind mostly) the golden eggs. If any, Renesas needs someone very dedicated and willing to work 20 hours a day, 7 days a week. On the other hand, someone with farsight, good understanding of technologies, and charisma would be qualified. These old folks definitely do not fit the bill!

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