Nikon Japan has published a be aware indicating that it will likely be decreasing its workforce in accordance to the newest State of Emergency issued by the Japanese authorities in response to quickly rising COVID-19 circumstances and deaths.
Japan’s newest state of emergency declaration has been expanded from Tokyo and three surrounding prefectures to seven extra prefectures, with Tokyo seeing the brunt of the newest surge of circumstances. The state of emergency can be in place till February 7.
The orders encourage firms to permit their workers to earn a living from home with the purpose of decreasing at-work populations by 70%. Nikon is complying with the order, stating that they’re decreasing workplace and manufacturing unit workers to 30% till the emergency declaration ends.
Beneath is a component of the Word from Nikon, translated from Japanese:
In response to the announcement of the state of emergency, the Nikon Group will proceed manufacturing till February 7 so as to strengthen measures whereas adhering to the coverage of “persevering with enterprise actions whereas stopping the unfold of an infection”. We are going to implement measures corresponding to decreasing the quantity of workers to 30% or much less, excluding workplaces that require workers to come back to work, and eliminating the utmost quantity of days for working from residence.
We apologize for the inconvenience induced to our clients and enterprise companions, and thanks on your understanding and understanding.
Sooner or later, we are going to proceed to present prime precedence to making sure the protection of workers and their households, clients, enterprise companions, and other people within the neighborhood of enterprise institutions and stopping the unfold of an infection, in accordance with the steerage and requests of the federal government and native governments.
Nikon doesn’t explicitly state that its manufacturing schedule can be slowed by this variation, however decreasing it manufacturing unit workforce by 70% signifies that it’s extremely seemingly that the corporate won’t be able to maintain up with its regular schedule. The newest Nikon mirrorless cameras have been apparently relatively easy to find in December however globally, inventory of the Z7 II and Z6 II is restricted. Not less than in the USA, each cameras are on backorder with most retailers.
Late final yr, Nikon announced that it could be pulling its factories from the Sendai and Miyagi prefectures and moving production to Thailand entirely. It’s unclear at what stage the manufacturing unit transition presently sits.
(through Nikon Rumors)