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Mar 25, 2011

Analysis: Japan auto recovery may take months

TOKYO (Reuters) – Lost production in the two weeks since an earthquake and tsunami struck northeast Japan tops a third of a million vehicles, and it could be months, rather than weeks, before the country’s automakers get back on track.

Modern-day cars have as many as 30,000 parts, 70-80 percent of which are supplied by hundreds of component makers. A single missing bolt can halt assembly lines and set off a chain reaction in the industry’s famed just-in-time manufacturing process.

Mar 24, 2011

Supply chain disruptions force more Japan delays

TOKYO (Reuters) – Supply chain disruptions in Japan have forced at least one global automaker to delay the launch of two new models and are forcing other industries to shutter plants and rethink their logistical infrastructure.

Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T: Quote, Profile, Research) said on Wednesday it would delay the launch in Japan of two new additions to the Prius line-up, a wagon and a minivan, from the originally planned end-April due to production disruptions from this month’s devastating earthquake.

Mar 24, 2011

Corrected: Supply chain disruptions force more delays in Japan

TOKYO (Reuters) – Supply chain disruptions in Japan have forced at least one global automaker to delay the launch of two new models and are forcing other industries to shutter plants and rethink their logistical infrastructure.

Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said on Wednesday it would delay the launch in Japan of two new additions to the Prius line-up, a wagon and a minivan, from the originally planned end-April due to production disruptions from this month’s devastating earthquake.

Mar 23, 2011

Supply chain disruptions force more delays in Japan

TOKYO, March 23 (Reuters) – Supply chain disruptions in
Japan have forced at least one global automaker to delay the
launch of two new models and are forcing other industries to
shutter plants and rethink their logistical infrastructure.

Toyota Motor Corp said on Wednesday it would delay
the launch in Japan of two new additions to the Prius line-up, a
wagon and a minivan, from the originally planned end-April due
to production disruptions from this month’s devastating
earthquake.

Mar 20, 2011

Japan firefighters spearhead hunt for dead and missing

RIKUZENTAKATA, Japan (Reuters) – His boss and wife both missing, his house shredded, and his town flattened by a tsunami, Takao Sato and his volunteer fire brigade have been toiling every day since the disaster to find the dead and missing.

Retrieving corpses in the pine tree-lined Japanese beach town of 23,000 is a sad new experience for Sato, who inherited both his spot in the brigade and a tiny forestry business from his father decades ago.

Mar 19, 2011

Tourists gone, bikes back in once-popular Japan town

TONO, Japan (Reuters) – More than a week after an earthquake and tsunami smashed much of Japan’s northeast coast to pulp, a small tourist town tucked safely between mountains has ground nearly to a halt.

Tono, a city of 30,000 about 30 km (20 miles) from the Pacific, usually enjoys a steady flow of visitors attracted to the birthplace of much Japanese folklore, including ghoulish tales of mountain spirits and mythical creatures.

Mar 19, 2011

Tourists gone, bikes back in once-popular Japan town

TONO, Japan, March 19 (Reuters) – More than a week after an
earthquake and tsunami smashed much of Japan’s northeast coast
to pulp, a small tourist town tucked safely between mountains
has ground nearly to a halt.

Tono, a city of 30,000 about 30 km (20 miles) from the
Pacific, usually enjoys a steady flow of visitors attracted to
the birthplace of much Japanese folklore, including ghoulish
tales of mountain spirits and mythical creatures.

Mar 17, 2011

Japan quake survivors too shocked to contemplate the future

YAMADA/RIKUZENTAKATA, Japan (Reuters) – - A week after their lives were turned upside down by the biggest recorded earthquake in Japan’s history, many survivors are too shocked to contemplate the future.

“My house does not exist anymore. Everything is gone, including money,” said Tsukasa Sato, a 74-year-old barber with a heart condition, as he warmed his hands in front of a stove at a shelter in Yamada, northern Japan.

Mar 16, 2011

For Japan tsunami survivors, woes keep mounting

OTSUCHI, Japan, March 17 (Reuters) – Nearly a week after
their home town was annihilated in a catastrophic tsunami, the
1,000-plus survivors of the small Japanese fishing town of
Otsuchi are hanging by a thread.
    With no water or electricity, and scant food, survivors keep
each other company at one of three emergency shelters on the
outskirts of what remains of the town.
    “You can’t wash your hands or face,” says 72-year-old Katsu
Sawayama, seated in the middle of the high school gymnasium, the
biggest of the shelters in a town where more than half the
17,000 residents are still missing.

Adding to their woes, an unseasonal snowstorm sent
temperatures plunging to below zero and blanketed acres of
tsunami debris in white.

Mar 15, 2011

Disasters wipe little Japanese fishing town off the map

OTSUCHI, Japan (Reuters) – The fishing hamlet of Otsuchi never had an easy relationship with nature — forest fires are a seasonal threat and earthquakes, and the high waves that often follow, are all too frequent.

Today Otsuchi, on Japan’s eastern coast, has ceased to exist, overwhelmed by a combination of earthquake, tsunami and fire that razed the town of 17,000 people Friday, killing more than half the population in a matter of moments.

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      "I have been covering the Japanese auto industry since 2002, broadening coverage to the Asian region in 2003."
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