Bridgestone, Toyota, Nissan, Honda & Mitsubishi halt production in aftermath of earthquake in Japan.
A magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck southern Japan early on Saturday, killing at least 15 people, injuring hundreds more and trapping people in collapsed buildings, just over a day after a quake killed nine people in the same region.
The natural disaster has also hit economic activity in the southern Japanese island of Kyushu which hosts a number of manufacturers. Several automobile, electronic manufacturers shut production after the earthquake.
* Honda Motor Co Ltd halted production at its motorcycle plant in Kumamoto with an annual production capacity of 250,000. It will keep production on hold through Monday.
* Toyota Motor Corp halted production at three plants producing vehicles, engines and transaxles in Fukuoka. It will decide on Sunday whether to resume production.
* Nissan Motor Co Ltd halted production at its Fukuoka plant which produces vehicles including the Serena, Teana, Murano and Note.
* Mitsubishi Electric Corp halted production of its two plants in Kumamoto which produce parts including liquid crystal display modules. It has no timeline for resuming production.
* Tyre maker Bridgestone Corp halted production at its Kumamoto plant and will resume production once the situation is assessed.