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" link="lightbox" size="xlarge" align="center" nocrop="true" clear="true"] While the PlayStation 3 was originally produced in Japan, Sony now outsources its hardware assembling to the Asian electronics mega-manufacturer Foxconn. So, the PlayStation 4 is being made in China. And, according to reports, thousands of university students were forced to manufacture it.

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Foxconn, the manufacturing arm of the Taiwanese Hon Hai Precision Industrial is once again caught in the centre of media attention in China. Over the weekend, reports appeared saying that two workers had jumped off a building at Foxconn's Shenzhen plant.

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Taiwanese manufacturing giant Foxconn Electronics is rumoured to be setting up plants in the US next year, moving away from its long time "home" base of mainland China. According to rumours floating around the internet, Foxconn is planning to start up factories in either Los Angeles or Detroit. All of this comes not long after Apple's recent announcement to have part of their Mac computer line manufactured in the US.

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Foxconn, the assembler of most of our electronic playthings is in the headlines again this week after reports started to appear about a potential strike happening during China's "Golden Week" holiday last week. Early reports painted a picture of upwards from 3000 to 4000 employees striking at Foxconn's Zhengzhou plant located in central China's Hebei province. Foxconn has come out today to say that nothing has happened and that production is on schedule.

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Riots have broken out at the Foxconn factory where the iPhone 5 is being assembled. Production was suspended. Reports are that late last Sunday night, approximately 2000 workers became enraged and began to trash the Foxconn Taiyuan campus. The incident was sparked by a security guard allegedly beating two workers.

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It sends people. In the past few years, working conditions in China have come under greatly scrutiny. Conditions have also gotten better. Nintendo recently discussed how it conducts on-site factory visits in China: There are morning interviews with managers, paperwork checks, multiple manufacturing line checks, and checks into the lives and welfare of the factory workers.

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Terry Gou, the dude who runs Foxconn's parent company, has gotten in trouble for shooting off his mouth in the past. Once, he compared to managing the Foxconn workers as simply managing "animals" and lamented how those animals give him a headache.

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Foxconn has today confirmed the death of a 23-year-old employee who fell to his death from a Foxconn company apartment. It's believed to be the first suicide since Foxconn and Apple reached an agreement over improving conditions for its 1.2 million workers who make the world's electronics.

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The iPad and the iPhone must be made in China. Ditto for, well, most everything. And it's not only because of cheap Chinese labour. Or sprawling factories. Or lax regulations. Those are reasons, but there's another one. And it's one you might not expect: mud.