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Nikon faces production challenges as Japan declares state of emergency

Nikon has published a note stating reduction in the number of offline working employees to 30 per cent or less. This is due to the increasing number of coronavirus cases and deaths in Japan.

Pavni Jain | January 14, 2021 | Updated 20:45 IST
Representational Image/ Nikon Z6

Highlights

  • Nikon Japan has come up with an official note.
  • The note states that the company will reduce the number of offline working employees.
  • The move has come as coronavirus cases and deaths continue to rise.

The government in Japan declares a state of emergency for Tokyo and the nearby areas. The move has come seeing the increasing number of the coronavirus cases and deaths. As a reflex to this, Nikon has published a note stating reduction in the number of offline working employees to 30 per cent or less.

Nikon promises to continue its functioning from office and factory with a minimum at-work population. The note reads, "In response to the announcement of the state of emergency, the Nikon Group will continue manufacturing until February 7 in order to strengthen measures while adhering to the policy of "continuing business activities while preventing the spread of infection". We will implement measures such as reducing the number of employees to 30% or less, excluding workplaces that require employees to come to work, and eliminating the maximum number of days for working from home."

Nikon Japan further apologizes to its users as well as partners saying, "We apologize for the inconvenience caused to our customers and business partners, and thank you for your understanding and understanding."

"In the future, we will continue to give top priority to ensuring the safety of employees and their families, customers, business partners, and people in the vicinity of business establishments and preventing the spread of infection, in accordance with the guidance and requests of the government and local governments," reads the official note.

Since Nikon warns about the future inconveniences, potential delays in the manufacturing of products can be foreseen. Thus, Nikon might not be able to keep up with the routine production schedule. Currently, some of the company's products are out of stock including the new Nikon Z6 II and Nikon Z7 II mirrorless cameras.

The state of emergency in Japan continues until February 7, we can only expect Nikon to have better plans for their production capabilities. Earlier, we also reported that Nikon will no longer produce cameras in Japan. After more than 70 years, Nikon decided to shift its production from Japan to Thailand for the cost-cutting reasons.

In other news, Nikon has listed two of its budget DSLRs namely Nikon D3500 and Nikon D5600 as 'old products'. This can mean that the company may soon stop producing the cameras. If that happens, Nikon may soon announce the new budget cameras in pursuit to make fine profits. However, there are no confirming reports of the new product launches as of now.

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