We first heard that Apple would be building a new R&D facility in Japan back in December. The Yokohama mayor Fumiko Hayashi announced in a press conference that Apple had purchased a space that once belonged to Panasonic for the construction of such a facility, according to Japanese news site NKH (translated from Japanese):
The building will reportedly be environmentally friendly, keeping energy usage to a minimum. Construction of the building will begin later this year, with goal of completing it at some point in 2016.
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