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Japanese electronics companies start frantic restructuring

Behemoths like NEC Electronics and Hitachi are trying to find new ways to survive, but cost cutting has its limits.

It's not often you hear analysts say cost cutting has gone far enough, but that's what a research report from Macquarie said about NEC Electronics' restructuring plans for the next 12 months.

Accelerated cost reductions are a positive but not a sustainable driver for recovery...it is difficult to sustain because it demands heavy sacrifices from employees in the form of large cuts to wages and bonuses and other severe economies. We believe NEC Electronics cannot maintain the annual cuts in wages without jeopardising long-term competitiveness and employee morale, it said. The Macquarie report, published in May, followed the management's proposal to cut 90 billion $950 million of fixed costs in the current financial year, up...

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