Toyota has cut the number of its fixed-term employees for vehicle production in Japan some 20% in the six months to the end of September due to a global slump in vehicle sales, according to a Kyodo report.

Citing 'informed sources' the report said that the number of these workers employed under contract for up to 35 months fell from about 8,800 in March to some 6,800 in September as the firm imposed a freeze from June on recruiting replacements for employees leaving the firm on expiration of their contracts.

Among affiliates of the largest Japanese automaker, Toyota Motor Kyushu Inc. in Fukuoka Prefecture has cancelled the contracts of some 800 temporary workers, Kyodo reported.

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