Nokia has announced that around 220 Japanese employees will be affected by the reduction in its research and development operations in the Asian nation.
This news comes shortly after Nokia announced it would be scaling down research and development at locations in Denmark and Finland. According to a Nokia press release, the Japanese cuts represent just over one per cent of its total R&D workforce.
Despite this news, Nokia has been quick to reaffirm its ties to the Japanese industry, stating that it still has significant partnerships with Japanese firms and relies on Japanese businesses to maintain its logistics network.
The luxury phone manufacturer Vertu, which is based in Japan and owned by Nokia, is unaffected by the changes, as are all of Nokia's other business interests in the country.
Nokia has suffered financially over the last year as share prices fell and stiff competition from Apple and Research in Motion (RIM) drove its smartphone market share down. A rationalised approach to R&D is doubtless an attempt to control costs in counteracting these effects.
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