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Japan's Tokyo Electron chairman Tetsuro Higashi and US semiconductor... News PhotoAgreement,Chairperson,Corporate Business,Finance,Headquarters,Horizontal,Japan,Mergers and Acquisitions,Merging,Press Conference,Semiconductor,Tokyo - Japan,USAPhotographer Collection: AFP 2013 AFPJapan's Tokyo Electron chairman Tetsuro Higashi (L) and US semiconductor giant Applied Materials CEO Gary Dickerson (R) announce their agreement to merge next year at a press conference at the Tokyo Electron headquarters in Tokyo on September 24, 2013. Applied Materials and Tokyo Electron, US and Japanese makers of tools to produce semiconductors and displays, said they will merge to increase efficiency and to better meet changing customer demands. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)