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Mitsubishi Heavy to relocate 2,000 employees

Virus puts aircraft factory workers, administrative staff and designers in limbo

Mitsubishi Heavy Industry's workforce adjustments will mainly target employees in the commercial aircraft division, which handles the embattled SpaceJet airliner. (Photo courtesy of Mitsubishi Heavy)

TOKYO -- Mitsubishi Heavy Industries plans to reassign nearly 2,000 employees, or 3% of its total workforce, from its aircraft and shipbuilding businesses as the coronavirus hits demand, Nikkei has learned.

The large-scale relocation plan will be the company's first since 2009 when the Lehman Crisis caused earnings to fall.

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