On the same day that a 7.4 magnitude earthquake rocked the island nation anew and not yet one month after the devastating 9.0 quake and subsequent tsunami of March 11, Toyota announced plans to renew production at all its Japanese vehicle-production facilities from April 18-27 at around 50% capacity. The company also announced on April 8 that its North American vehicle plants would operate on a reduced schedule over the next few weeks, with production suspended on April 15, 18, 21, 22, and 25 (Toyota said its Georgetown, KY plant will still build vehicles on April 21). Toyota noted that its North American engine and component plants would follow the same schedule. Fellow Japanese automakers Honda and Nissan have also announced plans to resume car production in April.
Reuters reported that consumer electronics company Sony and chip makers Epida Memory and Reneseas announced plans to cease production following the latest earthquake to hit Japan. Industry in the country is also struggling with the Japanese government's demands that it curb power usage, as the country's grid still reels from the tsunami that crippled one of its nuclear power plants....