JAPAN

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Chip Makers Plan to Boost Output: Belying the recession, Japanese computer chip makers said they plan to cut vacations short and boost production this summer. Hitachi Ltd. and Fujitsu Ltd. plan to keep 24-hour chip production lines working throughout the summer with workers taking time off in turns, according to spokespersons for the two firms. Japanese factories usually close for about a week in mid-August for a rural Buddhist festival.

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