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Sharp Corp lays off 3,000 foreign workers in Japan, moves biz to China

The deep job cuts come as Japan debates whether to bring in more foreign workers amid a national labour shortage

Reuters 

Sharp Corp
Sharp Corp. Photo: Reuters

has laid off more than 3,000 foreign workers in Japan as the Apple supplier shifts production of iPhone sensors to a Chinese plant owned by parent Foxconn, the daily reported on Monday.

The deep come as Japan debates whether to bring in more foreign workers amid a national labour shortage, and they illustrate how such employment is often at the mercy of manufacturers' production cycles, the report https://asia.nikkei.com/Spotlight/Japan-Immigration/Sharp-cuts-3-000-foreign-staff-shifting-work-to-said.

In October, Sharp nudged its full-year profit outlook as a part of a turnaround under the ownership of Foxconn.

The Osaka-based electronics maker has slashed costs after being taken over by Foxconn, formally known as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd, in 2016 as it struggles to compete with South Korean rivals in organic light-emitting diode (OLED) screen technology.

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First Published: Tue, December 04 2018. 06:26 IST
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