Recently the Asahi News reported the following:
Nippon Paper Group, Inc. on the third announced the restructuring plan to reduce 1300 people which was 15% of the employee in the "Western-style paper section" which made copy paper and printing paper used for the handbill and the magazine, etc. Production capacity was dropped by 15%. Because "Away from Paper " demand had decreased, it became that a major industry was struck by the East Japan great earthquake.
Voluntary retirement would be raised from next spring to reduce 850 regular members and 450 contingent workers among the 8800 employees. In it, the plan targeted at 100 people in the department of management in the headquarters. Regarding the production facilities, of the 20 main factories in the country, part of the production facility at five factories would be stopped (Ishinomaki (Miyagi Prefecture Ishinomaki City), Iwanuma (same prefecture Iwanunacho), Fuji, Yoshinaga (both Shizuoka Prefecture Fuji City), and Iwakuni (Yamaguchi Prefecture Iwakuni City)). By September 2012, 15% of the capacity that was 800,000 tons of the production would be stopped.
So the employee in the paper industry is having a hard time.