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COVID wipes out 16,000 jobs at Japan and US office equipment makers

Ricoh and Canon trim business as clients work from home

Computer brand Vaio's new Tokyo office has only a third of the seats it originally had, as staff work from home. (Photo courtesy of Vaio)

TOKYO -- Five leading office equipment makers in the global market, including Ricoh and Canon, cut their combined payrolls by about 16,000 between January and September, mostly overseas, as demand for their products slumped due to the coronavirus pandemic, Nikkei has learned.

Ricoh eliminated about 6,400 jobs through voluntary retirements of sales and maintenance personnel overseas, and by consolidating manufacturing after it opened a new factory in China in July.

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