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Nokia Cuts 220 R&D Jobs In Japan

Finnish mobile phone maker Nokia has announced that it will be issuing pink slips to as many as 220 employees in its research and development division in Japan, as the company goes on with its cost cutting drive to streamline its worldwide operations.

This recent downsizing of the company’s workforce in Japan comes over the heels of 330 job cuts in R&D units in Finland and Denmark that have been announced last week.

The announcement comes around a month after the mobile phone maker posted its first quarterly drop since it acceded to the throne of the world’s largest mobile phone manufacturer in the year 1998.

Incidentally, the company has already announced to lay off 2,400 workers in its various divisions across the globe, along with the temporary job cuts of around 2,500 in Finland.

However, the company played down the recent job cuts, which amounts to around 1 percent of R&D staff worldwide, by saying that it would not impact its sourcing operations in Japan.

Citing the same, the company said in a statement: “Japanese manufacturers are important partners who play a critical role in Nokia's global supply-chain strategy and with whom Nokia continues to develop its world-class logistics operations”.

Our Comments

We have noticed lately that a few of Nokia's high end phones are sharing the same common hardware which reduces the need to have separate teams for several smartphones/projects. Furthermore, the cuts will certainly not affect research and development as it constitutes a tiny fraction of its R&D employees.

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