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Toyota Japan plants all fired up

2011-04-19 07:08

RIGHTING THE SHIP: Company president Akio Toyoda had announced on April 8, 2011, that all Japanese domestic assembly plants would reopen on April 18.

TOKYO, Japan - Toyota has resumed production at all of its plants in Japan for the first time since the earthquakes and tsunami in March.

However the world's No.1 automaker said that the plants would operate at half-capacity due to parts shortages. Toyota spokeswoman Shiori Hashimoto said it remained unclear when Toyota would return to full production in Japan.

The magnitude-9.0 earthquake, following shocks and the tsunami on March 11, 2011 destroyed parts factories in north-eastern Japan, causing severe shortages of auto parts.

Hashimoto said the disasters cost Toyota a production loss of 260 000 cars in Japan.

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