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The Nichia Corporation (日亜化学工業株式会社, Nichia Kagaku Kōgyō Kabushiki-gaisha?) is a Japanese chemical manufacturing company that is most widely known for producing phosphors, including light-emitting diodes (LEDs). The Nichia Corporation was founded by Nobuo Ogawa (小川 信雄, 1912-2002) in 1956. One of his famous decisions was to support Shuji Nakamura (1954- ) to do research on gallium nitride light-emitting diodes when it was generally considered a very risky business. It turned out to be a great success. However, the company achieved a certain amount of notoriety for awarding a bonus of ¥20,000 Yen (US$180) to Shuji Nakamura for his invention of the first high brightness blue-light LED, which was based on gallium nitride. Nichia later settled out of court with Nakamura for ¥840 million Yen (US$7 million), in what was then the highest bonus ever awarded by a Japanese company.