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At Work For The Japanese

February 17, 1989|Clipboard researched by Dallas Jamison / Los Angeles Times Graphics by Doris Shields / Los Angeles Times

From the modest, 15-person wholesale offices of Yanmar Diesel Engine in Anaheim, to the sleek, national manufacturing headquarters of Ricoh Electronics Inc. in Tustin, the presence of Japanese companies in Orange County is a substantial one.

According to a 1987 survey conducted by the Japan Business Assn. of Southern California*, 87,483 people in California worked for Japanese companies or their subsidiaries, making the Japanese bigger employers than the top five corporations in California.

Three-fourths of these jobs were located in Southern California, according to the JBA survey, with the preponderance in the transportation equipment (autos, motorcycles, etc.), electronics/electric and banking industries.

The following list, though not complete, shows the Japanese presence: more than 11,000 jobs and a cumulative annual payroll of nearly $200 million:

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