Strolling around the nation’s biggest IT-electronics show, visitors might notice the absence of some familiar brands.

Traditionally, the CEATEC trade show, which kicked off Wednesday at Makuhari Messe in the city of Chiba, has been a place for Japan’s major electronics players to show off cutting-edge technology and products, but in recent years more firms have opted to skip the event.

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