Sony Investigating Factory Suicides

Kotaku:Chinese manufacturing giant Foxconn has been in the news for all the wrong reasons lately, a spate of suicides at its Shenzhen complex attracting worldwide media attention. It's also attracted the attention of Sony, for whom Foxconn manufacture consoles.

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RememberThe3573058d ago

This shit should not be aloud to go on. They have to make a change asap.

Redrum0593058d ago (Edited 3058d ago )

How will all my friends buy ps3s if the manufacturers are commiting suicide. :(

why Nixon? Whyyyyy?

MasFlowKiller3058d ago (Edited 3058d ago )

"Sony Investigating Factory Suicides"

i like this part of the article "Like Nintendo, Sony has launched its own instigation into work practices at Foxconn's factories," should i wait for the 'Nintendo Investigating Factory Suicides' article?

and this part "The Japanese company joins not only Nintendo but also Nokia, Apple, Dell and HP in probing Foxconn"

but i like the tittle the most "Sony Investigating Factory Suicides", i only wish kotaku would have gone one step further and said 'worker Commits Suicides After working hours Making PS3s'

I like how always find a way in every single story to kick some dirt Sony's way even in the most serious story

Always stay classy kotaku

Davoh3058d ago

I guess it's more how you read the title which is the problem, "Sony Investigating Factory Suicides" it doesn't say Sony is causing the suicides just that they're investigating them, but now if the title was 'PS3, It Only Does Factory Suicides' fair enough.

George Sears3058d ago (Edited 3058d ago )

Wow and here I always complain about how much I hate my job. I can't imagine what these people are going through if they are actually using suicides as a means to escape.

Damn. Makes me appreciate where I was born even more.

XXXCouture3058d ago

you should see disney world paris. ive read countless stories about fathers and young men who comitted suicide because of the insane work schedule and low wage

Lionsguard3057d ago

They're killing themselves for the compensation their families will get. Each suicide nets the family $16,000 or 10 years of work. So its a means of quick cash. Foxconn and Apple have raised wages to attempt to stop the suicides.

Blaze9293058d ago

i know I'll probably get a bunch of crap for this but who cares, I'm mysteriously down to one bubble now so it can't get any worse.

I found it pretty funny when those Microsoft articles popped up here about similar problems with a company that makes the 360 controllers and PC mice, everyone was bashing Microsoft yadda yadda yadda.

Now, will the same happen here? Pfft, doubt it.

But for the real issue at hand, yeah they need to end this crap. Chinese government needs to step in and help their damn people.

aryan_irani3058d ago

u know china is under a dictatorship right? they have the highest rate of execution by hanging in the world

Lionsguard3057d ago

China is NOT under a dictatorship, they're authoritarian regime. There is not ONE appointed dictator. Just a bunch of non elected officials telling everyone what to do.

Tony-A3058d ago

I'm not sure what you're trying to say exactly, but Foxconn also manufactured the Xbox 360.

JasonXE3058d ago


with all caps. but of course that won't happen on N4G.

DelbertGrady3058d ago (Edited 3058d ago )

Actually, the blame shouldn't be put on Sony for this. Lots of other high profile companies including Apple, Dell and HP work with Foxconn. I think they manufacture 360's as well.

Dance3058d ago

i see what you are getting at but this is n4g remember so i doubt any negative against [insert name] will be gone by the day

D4RkNIKON3058d ago

This was one of the first stories about this

"he reported the missing phone to his boss. Then, that Wednesday, three Foxconn employees searched his apartment — illegally, according to Chinese law. Accusations are flying that Sun was detained and physically abused during the investigation, although this has not been substantiated (possible evidence: there’s this somewhat garbled and potentially faked instant message exchange from Sun shortly before his death)."

Makes you wonder..

pixelsword3058d ago (Edited 3058d ago )

1. Although it is in it's own wording a "democratic dictatorship", China isn't a dictatorship; it's government is Communist with heavy Capitalist leanings headed by a panel of leaders. A dictatorship by definition has only one leader, which at the time was Mao Zedong; since his passing, I don't think there was another single undisputed leader that ruled China. Currently, Hu Jintao is the President of China. Wen Jiabao (sp?) is the Premier of the State Council with three vice-premiers: Wu Yi, Zeng Peiyan and Hui Liangyu. Under Mao Zedong, there was only Mao Zedong. I'll explain what I mean by Capitalist leanings in my third point.

2. The terrible labor practices are the direct result of Bill Clinton's NAFTA and George Bush's CAFTA. A lot of people around the world are working jobs that used to be in America, but they are trying to skirt around laws that protect the workers in terms of safety, pay, and rights; hence you get jobs like this where people commit suicide.

3. Take a very good look at the so-called "3rd world worker": this is what the industrial and corporate world wants the average American worker to become. What is now known as the union got their main labor practices from the philosophy of Karl Marx's Communist manifesto. Before then, the Union's mantra was "let business handle business" and were not for the worker as much as allowing internal policing, which only works when the corporate heads aren't looking to oppress their workers; but many in fact were indeed corrupt. Do not forget, some states in the U.S. still do not have state-level child labor laws. If it wasn't for the economy collapsing in the 30's causing a near-revolution in America from a Democratic to a Communist one, many Communist practices (in the ideal) would not have been adapted into America's society. If you can find it, see if you can find the book "Brother, Can you Spare a Dime?" by Milton Meltzer I think his name is.

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AusWarrior3058d ago

I sometimes wish mass production of items wasn't invented, but now the whole world depends on it.

ForROME3058d ago

It only Does Everything...

LebaNoob3058d ago

Are you trying to be funny?

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