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LIGHT WORK: Many major Japanese manufacturers are employing temporary workers as they prepare to return production at their domestic plants.

Japanese car manufacturers are preparing to increase production by hiring as many as 5000 temporary workers as parts supply issues are being resolved.

Showing more signs of the Japanese industry’s recovery from the March 11, 2011 earthquakes, the manufacturers will be adding to their workforces as they prepare for full operation by October, 2011, Bloomberg reports.

Toyota will add between 3000 and 4000 workers, Honda 1000 to its domestic operations. Nissan has already hired about 200 temps as it prepares to boost production.

Toyota’s Japanese facilities have been running at 90 percent after parts shortages following the natural disasters that saw its plants operating at 50 percent capacity. Since March, the number of critical parts in short supply has declined, Toyota’s Yasumori Ihara is reported as saying, from 500 to 30.

The Japanese automakers’ production plummeted in April and most manufacturers have issued profit warnings for the 2011/2012 financial year.

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