In a sign of the times, major electronics firm Fujitsu Ltd. is allowing some of its factory workers to hold second jobs to compensate for shorter working hours and lower wages amid the deepening recession, the company said Wednesday.

The majority of 5,000 full-time factory employees at Fujitsu Microelectronics Ltd., a subsidiary Fujitsu firm that makes semiconductors, have been permitted to work outside their main jobs since January, as an exceptional revision of regulations.

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