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Kawasaki Heavy will cut shipbuilding workforce by a fifth

Japanese group looks to reassign workers to robot, rail car operations

Kawasaki Heavy plans to close one of the two docks at its Sakaide works, pictured here.

TOKYO -- Kawasaki Heavy Industries plans to eliminate around 20% of the positions in its money-losing shipbuilding division, part of a restructuring that will downsize one shipyard and see another focus on submersibles and other specialty vessels.

At least half of the roughly 400 job cuts will result from employees reaching retirement age and reductions in hiring. Kawasaki Heavy will consider how to reassign the remaining displaced workers.

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