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Sony Is Slashing 2,000 Jobs in Japan

Posted by Sammy Barker

Cost cutting

Sony has announced that it will cut 2,000 jobs in Japan via an “early retirement” scheme. The Next Web notes that the cuts are set to affect the company’s head office the hardest, with 20 per cent of employees set to depart by the end of the year. The move will apparently save the manufacturer a whopping ¥30 billion (roughly $378 million) annually from next year onwards.

The initiative is in line with the organisation’s decision to cut 10,000 jobs in total. Earlier this year, the company announced a $312 million loss for Q1 2012. As a response, subsidiary Sony Computer Entertainment closed down Studio Liverpool, in addition to Zipper Interactive and BigBig Studios.

The manufacturer also pulled the plug on its lens factory in Minokamo, where 840 employees were based. Our thoughts go out to all those affected.

[via thenextweb.com, joystiq.com]

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User Comments (10)

3Above

#2

3Above said:

Darn. But i guess getting early retirement is better than just plain laid off. I guess.

Sanquine

#3

Sanquine said:

That is sad, but sony need to cut the costs. Playstation is one of their top divisions so i am not worried for the gaming part. However, sony will retreat out of the tv division

Slapshot

#5

Slapshot said:

@3Above It is. It's a system that's being used around the world at the moment. The company I work for just did the same thing for the third time in the last four years.

NathanUC

#6

NathanUC said:

Honestly, I wish Microsoft would partner up with Sony to produce official Microsoft branded laptops, tablets, and phones. All fanboyism aside, Sony makes the best consumer based laptops and Microsoft is 'hurting' because they don't have the consistency that Apple has. I truly don't think Sony is suffering from their gaming dpt, but more so their consumer electronics.

JayMiller1988

#8

JayMiller1988 said:

This is terrible news. With the holidays coming, bundles will probably be where Sony is going sales-wise, and -hopefully- a Vita price drop.

Come on Sony, get back to thy former glory.

Unca_LzStaff

#9

Unca_Lz said:

Yeah, not surprising. Sony is spread way too thin and the Vita is not as successful as they hoped :(

NathanUC

#10

NathanUC said:

@Slapshot I cannot stand Apple as a company (their products are just as lame too). Sony already produces many parts for Apple (mainly camera lenses). I hope it ends there.

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