tim_cook_headshot_glassesWhile on a trip that's taken him to Shenzhen, China and Nintendo's offices in Kyoto, Japan, Apple CEO Tim Cook today met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe discussing topics related to the importance of the country in Apple's ongoing market strategy. Specifically, Cook was said to confirm that an advanced R&D center in Yokohama was on track to complete construction by December (via Xinhua).

The Yokahama facility has been two years in the making, and was originally reported to "center around health." During the meeting, Cook said he and Abe discussed "doing great things together," and reiterated "how important the country is to Apple."

"We talked about the future and doing great things together. I shared with prime minister Abe our love for Japan and how important the country is to Apple," Cook, who is currently on a tour of Asia, was quoted as saying at the prime minister's office following their meeting.

Abe said that he hopes Apple will continue to generate relationships with other companies and manufacturers in Japan, in order to contribute to the overall technological boom in the country. On the same topic, Cook mentioned that Apple is aware of "a number of manufacturers of all sizes" that could result in a mutually beneficial partnership moving forward.

After the original announcement in 2014, Abe described the upcoming Apple facility as "among the largest in Asia," where Apple plans to "conduct the most advanced research and development in Japan." According to sources near the site's development, Apple's plans for Yokohama "are evidence the maker of the ubiquitous iPhone has plans connected to Japan that extend well beyond just end user sales."

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Mac Fly (film) Avatar
100 months ago
Every other day I hear Apple is opening up new R&D Centers everywhere (Ireland, Vietnam, Thailand, China, Japan). I wonder what those really are.
They are R&D centres. Developing products takes years. Otherwise you're left with something that explodes.
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B.K. Avatar
100 months ago
Every other day I hear Apple is opening up new R&D Centers everywhere (Ireland, Vietnam, Thailand, China, Japan). I wonder what those really are.

I don't think they all develop products of some sort. Any insights would be helpful besides "Advanced R&D for great things".
When you cant bring your hoardes of cash back to the US for R&D... you set up shop where you can spend your money. The multiple locations probably act as diversification.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
H2SO4 Avatar
100 months ago
I hope that means they’re making tyres. Tim needs to get a grip and Yokohamas are good for it.
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gmcalpin Avatar
100 months ago
Every time I open macrumors and there is an article with TC picture, for some reason I think it is going to be about him stepping down or being demoted. Can someone explain that to me?
No. Because there is no reasonable explanation for that.

Why on Earth would he get demoted? I don't love everything he's been doing (or not doing, in the case of the Mac), but Apple is doing GREAT by any sane metric.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jav6454 Avatar
100 months ago
Every other day I hear Apple is opening up new R&D Centers everywhere (Ireland, Vietnam, Thailand, China, Japan). I wonder what those really are.

I don't think they all develop products of some sort. Any insights would be helpful besides "Advanced R&D for great things".
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
thewitt Avatar
100 months ago
When you cant bring your hoardes of cash back to the US for R&D... you set up shop where you can spend your money. The multiple locations probably act as diversification.
Many countries are taking the position that you need a presence there to sell with preferred status. It would not surprise me if some of these deals are just that.
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