Canon Inc Taiwan, a local subsidiary of Japan’s digital imaging solutions provider Canon, said on Friday that it would hold a job fair on Nov. 12 in the hope of recruiting about 4,000 employees for a new plant in Dapumei Intelligent Industrial Park (大埔美智慧型工業園區) in Chaiyi County.
The company said the event would be aimed at jobseekers in Chiayi, Yunlin County and other areas of southern Taiwan.
Construction of the new NT$4 billion (US$132 million) plant, which broke ground late last month, is scheduled to be completed in April next year, with production expected to begin in July.
Currently, Canon Taiwan -employees about 6,000 employees, 91 percent of whom are local hires.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Economic Affairs said on Friday it had approved the establishment of research and development centers by two leading Japanese companies following the signing of a Taiwan-Japan investment protection pact last month.
The ministry said the investment pact was the main reason the two companies — Shogakukan Inc, Japan’s No. 1 comic book publisher, and TDK Corp, an electrical components maker — were interested in expanding their operations to Taiwan.
Japan now considers Taiwan an overseas backup base and a cooperative partner because the pact protects Japanese businesses’ rights, the ministry said.
Shogakukan applied to establish an international digital education research and development center that will study digital content, platforms and other software for digital education, and the integration of local IT, the ministry said.
The three-year project, which is expected to cost more than NT$300 million (US$9.9 million) is the publishing house’s only overseas research and development center, the ministry said.
TDK will focus its research efforts on LED components, energy-efficient motors and smart living products.
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