As part of the Centre for Samoan Studies Seminar and Film series, Dr Masami Tsujita Levi spoke on the topic, “Why Yazaki Samoa closed down: A consequence of cutthroat competition in the auto industry.” Her presentation took place on 12th October 2017 at the National University of Samoa.
Yazaki EDS Samoa, a Japan-based wiring harness manufacturing plant, operated in Samoa for 26 years before its closure on 25 August 2017. Since 1991, Yazaki was the largest employer in the Samoa’s private sector and employed over 60,000 Samoans. With the demand for wage employment still high, why has this labour intensive plant closed down?
Dr Levi’s presentation explored the nature of cutthroat global competition in the auto industry that has resulted in ceasing the Yazaki operation in Samoa.