Electronics firm Sharp will be cutting 5,000 jobs as part of its three-year restructuring plan in efforts to survive.

As reported by The Asahi Shimbun, axed employees will mainly come from China and Malaysia. The number of employees at Sharp's main office in Osaka will be reduced by 50 percent. Sharp's director numbers will also be cut from 12 to six, and the firm will employ "significantly fewer advisers" who were once presidents or vice presidents of the electronics firm.

Sharp currently employs 51,000 people worldwide.

A company controlled by one of Malaysia's richest men has become RadioShack's master franchiser. Vincent Tan hopes to open at least 1,000 stores in 10 Southeast Asian nations in 10 years, increasing the Fort Worth electronics retailer's presence to 39 countries.

Tan's company Berjaya Retail Berhad is part of a group that operates everything from 7-Eleven, Starbucks and Krispy Kreme stores to units running lotteries, casinos, hotels, schools, utilities, online payments and Mercedes van dealerships. In 2010, Forbes estimated that the self-made entrepreneur was worth $1.2 billion.

That was before Tan, now 60

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