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Nintendo shifts some Switch production from China to Vietnam

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By YURI KAGEYAMA

Nintendo Co plans to start making its Switch video game console in Vietnam this year, transferring some of its production from China, a company spokesman said Tuesday.

The official, who spoke on customary condition of anonymity, said the change has been in the works for some time, to reduce risks that come from having production in one nation. He denied it was a direct response to the growing trade friction between the U.S. and China.

He declined to give details on manufacturers or production sites in Vietnam, citing company policy. He said production was set to start this summer but declined to give a date.

Japan's major business daily Nikkei reported Tuesday that the move was driven by worries that U.S. tariffs on goods produced in China may affect game device sales.

About 40% of annual Switch sales are in the U.S., and 20% in Japan. All production so far has been in China.

Switch sales for the last fiscal year totaled 17 million machines, falling short of the company goal of 20 million, according to the Kyoto-based maker of Super Mario and Pokemon games.

This fiscal year, which runs through March 2020, Nintendo hopes to ship 18 million Switch machines. The Switch is a hybrid game machine that works both as a console and a tablet. It went on sale about two years ago.

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they should have done that long time ago

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Blunder.

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I'm old enough to remember when the Famicom was actually made in Japan... those were the days.

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Can't put all your eggs in 1 basket

Gotta spread out your risks

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From one Communist Country to another.... why not simply go to North Korea ? Labor costs would be almost free, and the Technology transfer of limited use, throw in Free membership and Games for Kim san and it's surely a done deal ? Or why not simply bring back to Japan .... perhaps someone in J-Govt needs to wake up and see why Employment is heading elsewhere, rather than simply bringing the Vietnamese, etc employees here.

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From one Communist Country to another.... why not simply go to North Korea ? Labor costs would be almost free, and the Technology transfer of limited use

NK is under sanction - many of the technology components are not allowed to be sent there

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From one Communist Country to another.... why not simply go to North Korea ? Labor costs would be almost free, and the Technology transfer of limited use

Yes, because North Korea can match the technological abilities, and has the manufacturing lines in place to be a clean switch from China, right?

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