The article, which is again authored by Isabel Reynolds and Reiji Murai, is based on an interview with Masaya Maeda, Canon's Chief Executive, Image Communication Products Operations. Reuters reports that the company has restored its camera production to regular levels since June, after having been affected by the aftermath of the deadly earthquake and tsunami which struck Japan last March. Indeed, Canon is apparently preparing to increase interchangeable lens camera production this year by some 43%, to 10 million units, with an increase in Taiwanese production volume accounting for the increase, as well as reducing reliance on production inside Japan.
As for a possible compact system camera launch, Maeda-san apparently stated that Canon was "considering the technical aspects", and while not directly stating that he was discussing a mirrorless model, continued by noting that the company would "launch an interesting product next year".
More details can be found in the Reuters article.