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Japan documentary to place focus on TSMC

TAIPEI -- Japan's NHK network broadcasted an animated documentary on Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC, 台積電) at midnight Thursday, with TSMC's chairman and CEO, Morris Chang (張忠謀), depicted by the fictional character Shima Kosaku.

NHK's new show — Shima Kosaku's Asia Success Story — combines documentary footage and anime sequences, and focuses on famous Asian business leaders and their innovative strategies that make their businesses succeed and drive the Asian economy, according the program's official website.

The TSMC episode, titled “OEM that Changed the World” — is the second in the series and will depict Chang and his company's journey to the top of the semiconductor industry.

The program is produced by Kenshi Hirokane, a famous manga creator whose long-running series — Shacho Shima Kosaku — follows the life of fictional salaryman Shima Kosaku as he navigates Japan's corporate culture.

The first episode of the new series introduces a Thai conglomerate, Charoen Pokphand Group, and its CEO, Dhanin Chearavanont. The third will cover Malaysia's AirAsia, Asia's pioneer in low-cost airlines, and its CEO, Tony Fernandes.

TSMC is the world's leading manufacturer of made-to-order chipsand the world's third-largest semiconductor manufacturer behind Inteland Samsung.

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