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Mar 29, 2011

Japan carmakers see return to full output taking time

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese automakers including Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Nissan Motor Co (7201.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said on Tuesday it would be some time before they could return to full production after Japan’s devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami disrupted supplies to their plants.

With some 500 parts affected, a Toyota spokesman said it was impossible to say when production would resume in full. A source with knowledge of the matter told Reuters that the automaker had told its main suppliers not to expect production to restart until at least April 11 — exactly a month from the quake.

Mar 29, 2011

Nissan says return to full production to take time

TOKYO, March 29 (Reuters) – Nissan Motor Co said on
Tuesday it would be some time before it would return to full
production after Japan’s devastating March 11 earthquake and
tsunami disrupted supplies to its plants.

CEO Carlos Ghosn told workers at one of the company’s
factories in the stricken northeast he wanted to bring the site
back to full production levels by early June at the latest.

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.

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