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Tuesday, 8th September 2009
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Toyota increases recruitment in Japan

Japanese car manufacturer Toyota has announced it is to hire hundreds of contract workers in October, as the economic lookout for the firm continues to improve.

During the recession, from which Japan has recently emerged, Toyota has experienced heavy losses and falling sales.

Now, it has announced plans to take on around 800 temporary staff later this year, which will be the first wave of workers to be employed - other than graduates - in almost a year and a half.

According to Toyota, increased demand for its hybrid Prius model has led it to make the step to take on more staff.

Most of the 800 new employees will work at the car manufacturer's Tsutsumi plant in central Japan.

Despite the news, recent economic figures suggest that exports in Japan are still anaemic, falling by 37.6 per cent recently when compared to this time in 2008.

Written by Kimberley Homer.

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