Industries from auto and consumer electronics makers to steel and beverage producers, forcing a number of them to shut their factories.
Honda Motor Co. (7267) Saturday said that it decided to suspend four of its five domestic plants Monday
Toyota Motor Corp. (7203) said that its two Central Motor Co. and Kanto Auto Works Ltd. subsidiaries shut their combined two plants in Miyagi and Iwate, northern Japan
Nissan Motor Co. (7201) has suspended operations at five factories in Fukushima, Tochigi and Kanagawa Prefectures. Small fires broke out at its Tochigi and Iwaki plants but have been extinguished, it said. Nissan said four factories and two offices suffered minor damage and the automaker hasn’t been able to contact some of its dealers in northern Japan. Some 1,300 vehicles, mostly Infiniti models, awaiting export to the U.S. at Hitachi port north of Tokyo, were damaged, said Sadayuki Hamaguchi, a Nissan spokesman. About 1,000 others at a service center further north in Miyagi prefecture were also damaged.
Consumer electronics giant Sony Corp. (6758) said it stopped operations at six electronics components manufacturing plants — including those manufacturing batteries, chips and smart cards — in Fukushima and Miyazaki.
Panasonic Corp. (6752) said Saturday that the company has halted operations at several plants, including those manufacturing digital cameras, audio products and electronic components, in earthquake-struck northern Japan.The quake has also disabled some of the supply and distribution network in the areas, a spokesman said. He added that the company has yet to get a full picture of the quake’s impact on its operations in the region.
Toshiba Corp.’s (6502) system large scale integration chip plant in Iwate Prefecture has also suspended operations, and the company is still trying to get more information on the latest situation, said a spokesman.
Asahi Kasei Corp. (3407.TO) said it halted production at its large-scale integration chip plant in Miyagi and it’s not certain about damages there, but workers there had been evacuated and there were reports of injuries.
Disneyland operator Oriental Land Co. (4661.TO) decided to close the Tokyo Disneyland and Disney Sea theme parks on the outskirts of Tokyo Saturday, a spokeswoman said. It has not decided when to open the theme parks as it is still checking damages on its amusement facilities.
Oil refiner Cosmo Oil Co. (5007.TO) said fire-fighters are still trying to extinguish a major fire at is refinery plant in Chiba near Tokyo
Kirin Holdings Co. (2503.TO) said it halted operations at its brewery in Miyagi. Kirin said Saturday that four large beer storage tanks had been damaged.
Elpida Memory Inc. Japan’s largest memory-chip maker, didn’t have any serious problems from yesterday’s earthquake and is checking availability of materials, Chief Executive Officer Yukio Sakamoto wrote in an email early today, responding to Bloomberg News queries.
NTT DoCoMo Inc., Japan’s largest mobile-phone operator, is restricting as much as 80 percent of voice traffic in northern Japan, according to a faxed statement.
Smaller Softbank Corp. imposed restrictions to avoid congestion at 8 a.m. today and has no timeframe for a return to normal service, spokesman Takeaki Nukii said
Sapporo Holdings Ltd. shut down three plants to inspect equipment after the earthquake, spokesman Yuki Hattori said by e-mail today. The brewer’s Sendai plant suffered some damage and many bottles were broken, he said. Sapporo’s Chiba plant was also affected, and its Nasu facility is closed for equipment inspections, Hattori said
Major steel maker JFE Steel Corp., a unit of JFE Holdings Inc. (5411.TO), said its steel plant in Chiba located adjacent to the Cosmo refinery plant is safe, denying earlier reports that a fire broke out at the plant.
The impact could also be felt in Japan’s retail industry with a big number of Tokyo stores not opening for business Saturday. In the capital’s busy Harajuku shopping district, for instance, many stores from small boutiques to large outlets operated by fast fashion chains H&M and Forever 21 were closed