* Says to "fully cooperate" on power outages
* Honda shares end down 6.5 pct before announcement
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TOKYO, March 14 Honda Motor Co said on
Monday it will suspend all production in Japan at least until
March 20 following a massive earthquake in the northeast of the
Honda kept all its factories closed on Monday, except for a
motorcycle plant on the southern island of Kyushu, though that
too will be shut from Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the firm said in a statement that it would "fully
cooperate" with rollover power outages planned by Tokyo Electric
Honda manufactured 69,170 cars in January in Japan, where it
makes 22 percent of its cars.
Its shares closed down 6.5 percent at 3,095 yen before the
announcement, while the benchmark Nikkei 225 average sank 6.2
Shares of other Japanese automakers and manufactures also
faced hefty selling as companies struggled to gather information
from the stricken area and investors worried production could be
suspended for an extended period.
(Reporting by Mariko Katsumura; Editing by Joseph Radford)