Toyota Japan Back at Full Throttle from April 18

By the time Japanese automaker Toyota resumes work at all of its facilities in Japan, over a month would have passed since the natural disaster that struck Japan forced the company to shut down most of its facilities. A month filled with parts shortages that affected not only the production of cars in Japan, but in the US as well.

However, on Friday Toyota said that all of the plants it operates in Japan will returned to an operational status starting next week, April 18. Still, the production of new vehicles will stop on April 27, not because of the same issues that have caused the shutdown in the first place, but because Toyota Japan is entering the annual spring holiday, which lasts through May 10.

Toyota has been the hardest hit automaker by the twin disaster of March 11. The production of vehicles, caused not necessarily by damages to the facilities themselves, but to the parts supply chain, spread through the entire past month, at least one plant being at any given point non-operational.

The problems Toyota and the Japanese auto industry faced as a result of the quake and tsunami spread quickly to the US, where GM and Ford announced the stop of production at some of their facilities (one each) as well.

For Toyota, the problems might continue well passed the end of the spring break. The car maker says it will assess the parts supply situation and decide what plants to keep open following the return to the normal program on May 10.
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