By on June 18, 2018

A strong earthquake shook western Japan on Monday morning. The 6.1-magnitude quake destroyed property, left tens of thousands without power, stranded commuters, and disrupted Osaka’s industrial sector. Honda, Mitsubishi Motors, and Toyota’s Daihatsu unit all have production facilities in the area and were forced to shut down temporarily.

While Daihatsu remained confident its facilities could be reopened later in the day, Honda’s Suzuka factory in the Mie prefecture is one of the oldest plants on its roster. Despite being modernized over the years, it might not have been able to withstand the vibrations as well as newer facilities. The company said it would remain shuttered as employees perform safety and spot checks. 

Mitsubishi also temporarily shut down its powertrain assembly sites in Kyoto and Shiga. The company also has a research and development center in the area, however, it wasn’t mentioned. After comprehensive inspections, Mitsubishi says both plants will resume operations.

Presently, Japan’s national broadcaster, NHK, reports that at least 350 people were injured by the quake. Local authorities place the official tally nearer to 300. There are at least three known fatalities that can be directly attributed to the event. Secondary tremors are expected over the next few days.

[Source: Automotive News] [Image: Honda]

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14 Comments on “Seismic Activity Hampering Japanese Auto Production...”

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    Don’t they have tents in Japan? Sheesh!

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    “Don’t they have tents in Japan? Sheesh!” – nominated for Comment of the Week.

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    And Japan treats illegal immigrants super nicely so clearly it’s Trump’s fault.

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    “Either way – it has to be Trump’s fault.”

    Did Japan name a Fault Line after him?

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    Carroll Prescott

    I’d like to put all Honduh owners in a tumbler to shake some sense into them – either you are an idiot BEFORE you buy one or Honduh’s make you arrogant, stupid, and repugnant after the fact. Lately the worst drivers I’ve seen are all Honduh ones – three lane changes to exit – go from right to left to get into the most left turn lane and then dart back over to the right to exit (taking three lanes to do it) after the stop light.

    It has gotten so bad that when I see stupid driving, it is almost always a Honduh driver (followed by Toyoduh and Mazda/Hyundai ones). Seriously. Something has to be done since these idiots will kill someone (and unfortunately not themselves)!

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      Please keep your commentary polite and on topic. This comment has not much to do with anything, and does not further the conversation.


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        30-mile fetch

        His comment is annoying in its puerility, but I’m curious why this has raised a response from you when there’s a little chucklefest in the Corvair thread about “incinerating Asians”. I’m not trolling for censorship of people who should be able to freely embarrass themselves, but Carroll’s dumb comment seems an odd place to throw down the gauntlet.

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      I think that you cannot lump ALL drivers of a particular brand together in style or proficiency at driving. If you hate a particular brand of car, state your reasons when we are discussing that or similar cars and types of cars. Otherwise, you will not work and play well with others at TTAC.
      We don’t all agree here. Some people here hate my opinions and vice/versa. But we try to impress each other with our logic, or we try to baffle them with our bullshit.

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    Peter Gazis

    This is sad. My thoughts and prayers are with the Japanese people. Hopefully GM, Ford & FCA all send over some full sized pickups to help with the Clean up.

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    Peter Gazis

    There is a bit of food news. No American cars were damaged.

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