The reduction will be made by the fiscal year of 2014 through March 2015, which accounts for nearly half of its current employees in the sector, a news report said, citing unnamed sources.

Most of the job losses will affect Panasonic's overseas plants, including those in China, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore, while workers in Japan will be transferred to other businesses, the sources added.

The decision was made after Panasonic's semiconductor business has been losing money amid fierce international competition, and the company is putting more resources in auto and housing related businesses, according to the report.

(Agencies)

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