Toyota to curb more production in Japan as COVID-19 spreads

20/1/2022 5:18:00 PM

Toyota to curb more production in Japan as COVID spreads

Toyota to curb more production in Japan as COVID spreads

TOKYO: Toyota Motor Corp is slowing production at as many as 11 plants in Japan because of rising COVID-19 infections among its workers and those at parts suppliers, it said on Thursday (Jan 20). That disruption, which comes amid a shortage of semiconductors that is already forcing it to curb output, could

TOKYO: Toyota Motor Corp is slowing production at as many as 11 plants in Japan because of rising COVID-19 infections among its workers and those at parts suppliers, it said on Thursday (Jan 20).That disruption, which comes amid a shortage of semiconductors that is already forcing it to curb output, could cut production plans this month by about 47,000 vehicles, a Toyota spokesperson said.

Toyota on Tuesday said it expects to fall short of an annual target to build 9 million vehicles because it did not have enough chips. The company's business year ends on March 31.There has been a surge in cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant in Japan since the start of the year. Daily coronavirus cases on Thursday rose to a record 46,199.

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That disruption, which comes amid a shortage of semiconductors that is already forcing it to curb output, could cut production plans this month by about 47,000 vehicles, a Toyota spokesperson said. Toyota on Tuesday said it expects to fall short of an annual target to build 9 million vehicles because it did not have enough chips. The country had more than 27,000 new cases, broadcaster TBS said, exceeding the previous high seen in August shortly after Tokyo hosted the Summer Olympics. The company's business year ends on March 31. "We are battling against an unknown virus, and I hope that we can overcome this situation with sufficient preparation and without excessive fear," Kishida said. There has been a surge in cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant in Japan since the start of the year. Tokyo and 12 other prefectures have requested infection-fighting measures from the central government, Economy Minister Daishiro Yamagiwa told reporters, amid concern that Omicron infections would overwhelm the healthcare system. Daily coronavirus cases on Thursday rose to a record 46,199. Three Japanese regions are already under virus restrictions, after surges in cases linked to United States military bases.

Related: . An official decision on the quasi-emergency measures, as they are called, may be declared as early as Wednesday, the Yomiuri newspaper said. Luke's International Hospital in Tokyo.