The company's new head, Kazuo Hirai, will confirm the reductions in what is sure to be a heavily watched briefing on Thursday, the country's Nikkei newspaper reported Monday.
Hirai, who took over from Howard Stringer earlier this month, must attempt to steer Sony from its predicted fourth consecutive annual loss back to fighting form against stronger device-making rivals such asApple Inc.
Much of the employee scale-backs will come from Sony's deeply unprofitable television business, which has been losing money for the better part of a decade to lower-cost competitors such as Samsung and Vizio.
Roughly half of the job cuts will stem from recent deals, including Sony’s sale of a chemicals company last month and a spinoff of its LCD production capabilities into a joint operation with
The Nikkei was unclear whether the bulk of the payroll reduction would happen in
Stringer, who is now chairman of the board, and six other top executives are expected to relinquish their bonuses. Late last month, Sony Corp. of America made