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Osaka quake causes auto, electronics plants to suspend operations

  • June 18, 2018
  • , Kyodo News , 02:46 p.m.
  • English Press

OSAKA – A powerful earthquake that hit Osaka and other parts of western Japan on Monday affected businesses, forcing Honda Motor Co., Panasonic Corp. and other manufacturers to suspend production and department stores to be closed.


Honda briefly suspended the production line at its Suzuka factory in Mie Prefecture. Mitsubishi Motors Corp. temporarily shut down production at two plants in Kyoto and Shiga prefectures, while Daihatsu Motor Co., a subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corp., halted operations at two plants in Osaka and Kyoto prefectures.


Panasonic stopped operations at two plants in Osaka Prefecture as some workers were unable to make the commute to work due to traffic disruptions caused by the magnitude-6.1 quake in the morning. At least 29 of its employees were slightly injured either at home or on the way to work, the electronics maker said.


Sharp Corp. confirmed there was no damage to its display panel plant in Sakai, Osaka. Air conditioner maker Daikin Industries Ltd. said one of its chemical plants in the prefecture suspended operations automatically.


Operators of department store chains in the prefecture decided not to open as scheduled or to suspend operations for the time being.


The restaurant industry was also affected. Gyudon beef bowl provider Yoshinoya temporarily suspended operations at around 40 restaurants, according to its operator Yoshinoya Holdings Co.


Japan Post Co. said parcel and express mail deliveries in the Kinki and other regions could be delayed for around half a day.


JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy Corp. said a refinery in Osaka Prefecture operated by one of its subsidiaries suspended production and shipments.

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