Toshiba Axes 6,800 Staff in the Wake of Huge Accounting Scandal

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Earlier this year, it came to light that Japanese electronics firm Toshiba had exaggerated its operating profits by $1.2 billion (£780m) over the past six years. Now, it looks set to report a staggering $4.5 billion (£3bn) of losses — and cut 6,800 jobs as a result.

The BBC reports that those jobs are being lost in its consumer electronics division as part of a massive restructuring. Toshiba also plans to sell its TV and washing machine manufacturing plant in Indonesia, and is looking for external investment in its healthcare business.

Toshiba’s CEO and vice-chairman, Hisao Tanaka and Norio Sasaki respectively, resigned over the scandal. Sony has also already gobbled up part the company in the last few months, buying its image sensor division for $155 million (£102m). [Toshiba via BBC]

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