Getting together with the other Japanese panel makers doesnt seem like a great idea, honestly they all are in trouble. Economies tend to take a growth curve, which always ends in outsourcing then collapse. Japan is just in the middle of that collapse. The best way to hedge your bet is to partner with one of those economies that is going to start its technological explosion IE China. Korea is coming into its prime now, could be an OK play but the Koreans already have most of the tech and IP they want, so why take a cash strapped company in. Purchasing sharp would give a Chinese company a patent bank to fight with.