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TOKYO (Reuters) - A Japanese government-backed fund and policy are considering a joint bid with Broadcom Ltd for Corp's semiconductor business, a move that would vault the U.S. chipmaker into the lead to buy the prized unit, the Asahi newspaper said on Wednesday.

A bid by Innovation Network Corp of and the Development of with Broadcom would appear to be aimed at preventing Toshiba's chip technology from going to rivals in China or South Korea, the Asahi said, citing an unidentified source.

Chairman Toshiyuki Shiga said on Tuesday the fund was looking at the chip auction although it had not participated in the first round of bidding.

People familiar with the matter have told might invest in the business as a minority partner - a move that would help the prevent a sale to bidders it deems risky to national security.

did not immediately respond to a request for comment outside business hours.

Media representatives for California-based Broadcom could not immediately be reached for comment on the Asahi report. A DBJ spokesman declined to comment. A DBJ spokesman declined to comment on the report.

is selling the memory business, which it this month spun off as a separate unit, to help cover billions of dollar in writedowns from its U.S. nuclear unit Westinghouse Electric Co, which filed for U.S. bankruptcy protection from creditors last month.

Broadcom, which has partnered with private equity firm Silver Lake Partners LP, put in the highest first-round offer of 2.5 trillion yen ($23 billion) for the chip business, while Taiwan's Hon Hai Precision Industry Co, the world's largest electronics contract manufacturer, offered 2 trillion yen, a person familiar with the matter has said.

The other bidders are South Korea's SK Hynix Inc and U.S. chipmaker Western Digital Corp, which has a joint venture in with Toshiba's chip unit.

(Reporting by Taiga Uranaka and Yoshiyasu Shida in Tokyo and Liana B. Baker in San Francisco; writing by William Mallard, editing by G Crosse)

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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Japan government fund, bank mull bid with Broadcom for Toshiba chip unit -media

TOKYO (Reuters) - A Japanese government-backed fund and policy bank are considering a joint bid with Broadcom Ltd for Toshiba Corp's semiconductor business, a move that would vault the U.S. chipmaker into the lead to buy the prized unit, the Asahi newspaper said on Wednesday.

TOKYO (Reuters) - A Japanese government-backed fund and policy are considering a joint bid with Broadcom Ltd for Corp's semiconductor business, a move that would vault the U.S. chipmaker into the lead to buy the prized unit, the Asahi newspaper said on Wednesday.

A bid by Innovation Network Corp of and the Development of with Broadcom would appear to be aimed at preventing Toshiba's chip technology from going to rivals in China or South Korea, the Asahi said, citing an unidentified source.

Chairman Toshiyuki Shiga said on Tuesday the fund was looking at the chip auction although it had not participated in the first round of bidding.

People familiar with the matter have told might invest in the business as a minority partner - a move that would help the prevent a sale to bidders it deems risky to national security.

did not immediately respond to a request for comment outside business hours.

Media representatives for California-based Broadcom could not immediately be reached for comment on the Asahi report. A DBJ spokesman declined to comment. A DBJ spokesman declined to comment on the report.

is selling the memory business, which it this month spun off as a separate unit, to help cover billions of dollar in writedowns from its U.S. nuclear unit Westinghouse Electric Co, which filed for U.S. bankruptcy protection from creditors last month.

Broadcom, which has partnered with private equity firm Silver Lake Partners LP, put in the highest first-round offer of 2.5 trillion yen ($23 billion) for the chip business, while Taiwan's Hon Hai Precision Industry Co, the world's largest electronics contract manufacturer, offered 2 trillion yen, a person familiar with the matter has said.

The other bidders are South Korea's SK Hynix Inc and U.S. chipmaker Western Digital Corp, which has a joint venture in with Toshiba's chip unit.

(Reporting by Taiga Uranaka and Yoshiyasu Shida in Tokyo and Liana B. Baker in San Francisco; writing by William Mallard, editing by G Crosse)

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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Japan government fund, bank mull bid with Broadcom for Toshiba chip unit -media

TOKYO (Reuters) - A Japanese government-backed fund and policy are considering a joint bid with Broadcom Ltd for Corp's semiconductor business, a move that would vault the U.S. chipmaker into the lead to buy the prized unit, the Asahi newspaper said on Wednesday.

A bid by Innovation Network Corp of and the Development of with Broadcom would appear to be aimed at preventing Toshiba's chip technology from going to rivals in China or South Korea, the Asahi said, citing an unidentified source.

Chairman Toshiyuki Shiga said on Tuesday the fund was looking at the chip auction although it had not participated in the first round of bidding.

People familiar with the matter have told might invest in the business as a minority partner - a move that would help the prevent a sale to bidders it deems risky to national security.

did not immediately respond to a request for comment outside business hours.

Media representatives for California-based Broadcom could not immediately be reached for comment on the Asahi report. A DBJ spokesman declined to comment. A DBJ spokesman declined to comment on the report.

is selling the memory business, which it this month spun off as a separate unit, to help cover billions of dollar in writedowns from its U.S. nuclear unit Westinghouse Electric Co, which filed for U.S. bankruptcy protection from creditors last month.

Broadcom, which has partnered with private equity firm Silver Lake Partners LP, put in the highest first-round offer of 2.5 trillion yen ($23 billion) for the chip business, while Taiwan's Hon Hai Precision Industry Co, the world's largest electronics contract manufacturer, offered 2 trillion yen, a person familiar with the matter has said.

The other bidders are South Korea's SK Hynix Inc and U.S. chipmaker Western Digital Corp, which has a joint venture in with Toshiba's chip unit.

(Reporting by Taiga Uranaka and Yoshiyasu Shida in Tokyo and Liana B. Baker in San Francisco; writing by William Mallard, editing by G Crosse)

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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