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Japan Moves to Build China-Free EV Battery Supply Chain

Nishimura Yasutoshi, Japan’s economy and industry minister, spent last week crisscrossing southern Africa on a five-nation tour at the behest of his country’s auto industry that is looking for new supplies of the raw materials needed to power electric vehicles.

Japan, like South Korea, is looking to build a new EV battery supply chain free of Chinese suppliers in order to qualify for U.S. tax incentives that were a critical part of the Biden Administration’s landmark Inflation Reduction Act legislation.

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