Report: Sony to cut 2,000 jobs, shutter two Japan TV factories

It's likely part of the layoffs previously announced in December.

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Sony plans to close two television factories and shed 2,000 jobs in its home country of Japan, according to a Bloomberg report Wednesday.

The report says CEO Sir Howard Stringer will make the announcement in a news conference but doesn't say when.

When asked for confirmation of the planned cuts, a Sony representative told CNET News that the company has nothing new to announce.

Now, that can be interpreted many ways, but here's what's likely going on: While Sony may very well close some factories in Japan, it's probably not a new round of cuts, but instead part of the layoffs announced last month. Back then, Sony provided just a few basic details: 8,000 full-time employees and 8,000 contractors would be let go by 2010; and a TV factory in Pennsylvania and a video-tape factory in France would close.