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Sharp cuts 3,000 foreign staffer positions, shifting work to China

Shows vulnerability of temp jobs as Tokyo seeks to bring in more overseas workers

Under Taiwanese parent Foxconn, Sharp has restructured its manufacturing base in Japan.    © Reuters

OSAKA -- Sharp has eliminated the jobs of more than 3,000 foreign temporary workers in Japan as the company moves production of iPhone sensors to a Chinese plant owned by parent Foxconn.

The deep cuts come as Japan debates whether to bring in more foreign workers amid a national labor shortage, and they illustrate how such employment is often at the mercy of manufacturers' production cycles.

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