Typhoon Roke reached landfall at 2 p.m. local time with winds of up to 130 miles per hour, killing four people and causing power outages for over 575,500 residents in and around Tokyo. Toyota closed 11 factories early and eliminated evening shifts, while Nissan halted production at two plants. Honda’s facilities are also affected by the storm, but those factories are changing their hours instead of shutting down. Suzuki and Mitsubishi are also in the area, but their factories are unaffected.
This is the second big storm to hit Japan this month, and comes just over half a year after the devastating earthquake and tsunami in March. Just when the Japanese automakers are recovering back to pre-earthquake levels, they find themselves struggling to maintain a normal production schedule again. It’s not yet clear how this will affect American sales in the long term.
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