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November 23, 2009

Nokia to reduce R&D operations in Japan

Plans to cut around 220 jobs

By CBR Staff Writer

In an effort to align its research and development (R&D) operations to be in line with its focused portfolio of future products, Nokia said that it will reduce its R&D activities in Japan.

The company said that the reduction in R&D is expected to impact approximately 220 employees in Japan. The total number would represent slightly more than 1% of the company’s total R&D personnel globally.

Earlier this week, Nokia has announced plans to align its R&D operations in Finland and Denmark. The planned changes were expected to affect up to 230 employees at the company’s Oulu site in Finland and around 100 employees at Copenhagen site in Denmark. The total number would represent approximately 2% of Nokia’s R&D personnel globally.

The company has over 2000 employees in Oulu and over 1000 employees in Copenhagen. Overall, Nokia has more than 17000 people employed in its research and development activities.

Nokia said that it will continue its sourcing activities in Japan. However, the Japanese operation of Nokia Siemens Networks, Nokia’s network infrastructure business, and Vertu, Nokia’s line of handcrafted mobile phones for the luxury market, would not be affected and will continue operations in Japan unaffected.

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