TOKYO Feb 17 Japanese car makers including
Toyota Motor Corp and Honda Motor Co suspended
operations at some of its plants in central and eastern Japan
after heavy snow disrupted their supply chains and prevented
workers from commuting.
Heavy snow hit Tokyo and other parts of eastern Japan on
Friday and over the weekend, snarling traffic on some of the
most heavily travelled roads in the region.
Toyota has suspended operations at four of its plants near
its headquarters in central Japan including the Tsutsumi plant,
where it makes the Prius, and the Tahara plant, where it makes
the Lexus LS, after parts deliveries were disrupted, spokesman
Ryo Sakai said.
Toyota has yet to decide when it will resume operations, he
Honda, which stopped operations of two plants in eastern
Japan on Friday, resumed operations at one of them on Monday,
said spokeswoman Eriko Hata. "If the road conditions are better,
we can probably resume regular operations on Tuesday," she said.
Fuji Heavy Industries, maker of Subaru cars,
suspended on Monday operations at its Yajima plant in eastern
Japan, where it makes the Legacy and the Forester among other
vehicles, as well as at its engine and transmission plant
nearby, said spokesman Shunsuke Koike.
Suzuki Motor Corp has also also suspended
operations at three of its plants in central Japan due to parts
supply disruptions, spokesman Hideki Taguchi said. Both Fuji
Heavy and Suzuki have not decided on when they will restart
operations, company spokesmen said.