Mitsubishi Motors is soon to axe about 900 more temporary jobs, local media reported.

Temporary workers at a factory in Kurashiki in western Japan will not get renewed contracts, public broadcaster NHK said, according to Agence France-Presse.

The local Sanyo Shimbun newspaper said in its online edition that the factory had already terminated 250 jobs by the end of last month, and the fresh job cuts could push the total number of layoffs above 1,000.

“The layoff is inevitable for us to cope with the rapid fall in sales,” a factory official told the Sanyo.

“We are studying personnel transfers and other measures and trying our best to minimise the size of the human resource adjustment.”

A Mitsubishi spokesman told AFP no decision had been made.

Mitsubishi Motors had announced in November it would cut 1,100 jobs, laying off one third of its temporary workers in Japan.

Temps have also been cut at other automakers and suppliers while Toyota has just announced another 11 days’ non-production at all domestic plants.