Monday, 18th April 2011
In Business In Japan,
Toyota to resume production at all plants
Leading car manufacturer Toyota has announced that it will be resuming production at all of its Japanese plants today (April 18th), although many will have to run at half capacity for the near future.
The company added that it was still struggling to secure around 150 types of parts, the Associated Press reported, as domestic supply routes have been severely disrupted by last month's earthquake and tsunami.
After the natural disasters, Toyota was forced to close all but three of its plants, with the production of the popular Prius, Lexus and Corolla cars prioritised.
Before starting work this morning, staff at the Miyagi plant observed a minute's silence to honour all those affected by the 9.0-magnitude quake.
Toru Kuzuhara, president of Toyota subsidiary Central Motor Co, said: "We will make top-quality cars and deliver them to many customers as early as possible. I believe this will lead to broader reconstruction efforts in Miyagi."
In other Japanese business news, Tokyo Electric Power Co said that it would be increasing its power generating capacity from 85 to 95 per cent by July.
Written by Mark Smith
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