* Says job reduction in Japan of 3,800 people by March end
* Says 10,000 job cuts worldwide will save 30 bln yen a year
TOKYO Oct 19 Sony Corp said it will
cut staff in its headquarters by a fifth and shutter a factory
making camera lenses and mobile phones in Japan, providing new
details of a previously announced plan to trim its global
headcount by 10,000 by end-March.
In addition to 1,800 at a chemical business it sold to a
state-run bank in Japan, Sony will let go roughly another 2,000
people from its head office and plant in Gifu, central Japan,
Sony said in a statement on Friday.
Around another 2,000 workers will be trimmed in Europe, half
at a joint mobile phone venture with Ericsson it
recently ended. The remaining job losses will be at other
factories around the world, the company said.
The maker of PlayStation and Bravia TVs expects the job cuts
to save about 30 billion yen ($378.6 million) a year, funds the
company needs as it struggles to stem losses in televisions and
other consumer electronics operations.
Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai, who took the helm in April, has
pledged to revive the once-stellar brand by bolstering gaming,
digital imaging and mobile devices as well as by nurturing new
business such as medical devices.
Sony's stock ended trading Friday at 983 yen, unchanged from
the previous closing price. The company's share price has fallen
42 percent since Hirai took over six months ago.