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TOKYO (Reuters) – The head of smartphone screen maker Japan Display Inc said he would not turn down a partnership with embattled rival Sharp Corp amid speculation that Japan Display’s top investor, a state-backed fund, wants a tie-up between the two.

People close to the matter have told Reuters that the fund, Innovation Network Corp of Japan, was considering investing in Sharp’s liquid crystal display (LCD) unit to broker a merger or partnership with Japan Display.

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