TOKYO — Mazda Motor Corp.'s plan to thin its workforce through an early retirement program is working better than expected. The automaker, which wanted to eliminate 1,800 positions, or 8% of its 22,000-person workforce through voluntary early retirement, reportedly has received 2,213 applications for the retirement package. The success of the program has been in question, as past attempts to cut the workforce through voluntary retirement have failed. This time, Mazda closed the ...

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