Early in his career Shigeru (Steve) Nakayama worked for Tokyo Electron Ltd as general manager of the diffusion furnace division, where he played a key role in introducing U.S. semiconductor equipment technology to Japan. He was instrumental in founding the Japan operations of SEMI in February 1985 and served as SEMI Japan president until his retirement in 1994. In 1997, Nakayama helped establish the Society of Semiconductor Industry Seniors (SSIS), a group of retired Japanese semiconductor industry leaders intent on transferring knowledge to young engineers. In 2003, he received the SEMI Bob Graham Award for Excellence in Marketing, recognizing his efforts in securing international co-operation during the period of trade friction between the U.S. and Japan.
Addison, Craig, Interviewer
Nakayama, Steve (Shigeru), Interviewee
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