Apple is planning to open a massive new research and development center in Japan, according to local media, which were told about the plans by the country’s Prime Minister Abe Shinzo.
Apple already has a number of R&D facilities worldwide in the United Kingdom, China and Israel, but the prime minister says an announcement of the the new facility in Japan will be coming soon.
“Apple has decided it undertake cutting-edge R&D in Japan,” Jiji news service quoted Abe as saying in a campaign speech outside of Tokyo ahead of a general election on Sunday. “It will be formally announced soon.”
The new R&D center in Japan will be one of Apple’s biggest in Asia, but it’s still unknown what it will be used for, where it will be located or when Apple researchers will be start working there. Apple representatives in Japan did not immediately respond to requests for comment.