Nintendo Investigating Factory Suicides

Following the deaths of over a dozen of its workers in recent weeks, Nintendo has declared it will be investigating the working conditions at Foxconn, one of the Chinese companies responsible for manufacturing the Wii.

Sixteen employees have jumped from the rooftops of Foxconn buildings over the past few months, attempting to commit suicide rather than face work in factories that stand accused of failing to meet basic human rights standards.

Japanese business daily Nikkei reports now that Nintendo, concerned over the conditions (or the public relations disaster surrounding the conditions, take your pick) will be launching its own independent investigation into Foxconn facilities.

What they're going to find - and what they're then going to do about it - is anyone's guess.

Nintendo to probe Foxconn conditions: report [Marketwatch]