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Truck Maker To Cut Production Again

May 6, 2011 5:31 am | News | Comments

Hino Motors Manufacturing USA is cutting production at its West Virginia truck plant again because of a parts shortage created by the March disasters in Japan.

Japan To Halt 3 Nuclear Reactors

May 6, 2011 5:12 am | News | Comments

Utility instructed to halt all three reactors at a power plant in central Japan because of safety concerns in the event of a major earthquake and tsunami.

Workers Enter Nuclear Reactor Building In Japan

May 5, 2011 5:16 am | by Tomoko A. Hosaka, Associated Press | News | Comments

Workers entered one of the damaged reactor buildings for the first time since it was rocked by an explosion after a devastating earthquake.


Small Car Sales Boost April Results

May 3, 2011 10:17 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

Small cars sold well in the U.S. as gas prices rose and some buyers worried about shortages of Japanese-made vehicles following the earthquake there.

Disasters Challenge Plan To Reinvent Japan's Economy

April 28, 2011 11:28 am | by Kelly Olsen, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

As Japan deals with aftermath of triple calamities, the challenges of remaking world's third-largest economy may take a backseat to reconstruction.

Panasonic To Cut 17,000 Jobs

April 28, 2011 6:08 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Japan's biggest home appliance maker cutting about 17,000 jobs over two years as losses swell from restructuring costs and damage from March 11 disasters.

Sharp Profit More Than Quadruples

April 27, 2011 5:39 am | News | Comments

Sharp said annual profit more than quadrupled due to brisk demand for LCD screens but warned earthquake and tsunami will have a 'broad' impact.

Honda, Toyota Cut Production In India

April 26, 2011 5:31 am | by Erika Kinetz, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Honda's India unit will halve production due to a shortage of components following tsunami in Japan, while Toyota is cutting production by 70 percent.


Ford To Suspend Work At 3 Plants

April 25, 2011 10:13 am | News | Comments

Automaker says it has idled three overseas factories to conserve auto parts following last month's earthquake in Japan.

Toyota Sees Production Drop After Tsunami

April 25, 2011 5:31 am | by Shino Yuasa, Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota's car production in Japan plummeted 62.7 percent in March due to a parts supply crunch following the earthquake and tsunami.

Chernobyl And Fukushima Share Wounds Of Disaster

April 22, 2011 5:49 am | News | Comments

The world will remember Chernobyl and Fukushima as words -- symbols -- synonymous with nuclear disaster.

Japan Plans Disaster Budget

April 22, 2011 5:16 am | by Ravi Nessman and Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press | News | Comments

Government proposed special $50 billion budget to help finance reconstruction efforts and plans to build 100,000 temporary homes for survivors.

Toyota: Production Disrupted Until Nov. Or Dec.

April 22, 2011 5:10 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Disrupted by parts shortages from Japan, production won't return to normal until later this year -- imperiling its spot as world's top-selling automaker.


Environment Crises Bad But Not Fatal For Business

April 21, 2011 5:51 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Some would consign the Tokyo utility embroiled in Japan's worst-ever nuclear disaster to the corporate graveyard, but it will probably survive -- and may even prosper.

Toyota Gets Ready To Halt Output Across Europe

April 20, 2011 10:13 am | by Selcan Hacaoglu, Associated Press | News | Comments

Automaker's assembly factory in Turkey was preparing to halt production as part of an eight-day suspension across Europe because of parts shortages.

Fiat: Japan Quake Could Cut European Output

April 20, 2011 10:05 am | by Colleen Barry, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Automaker said interrupted delivery of high-end radios and satellite navigation systems from Japan could result in a production drop of up to 100,000 units.

Japan Considers Stricter Evacuation Zone

April 20, 2011 5:22 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach and Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities may for the first time strictly enforce their evacuation zone around a crippled nuclear plant, citing concerns over radiation risks for residents.

Sony Ericsson 1Q Profit Drops

April 19, 2011 5:27 am | by Malin Rising, Associated Press | News | Comments

Mobile phone maker said net profit fell by 48 percent in the first quarter amid lower sales volumes, higher taxes and disruptions to its supply chain.

Japanese Government Under Fire For Disaster Plan

April 18, 2011 5:48 am | by Ravi Nessman and Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press | News | Comments

Blueprint for ending radiation leaks and stabilizing reactors at Japan's crippled nuclear plant drew a lackluster response Monday.

Toyota Resumes Production At Japanese Plants

April 18, 2011 5:39 am | by Shino Yuasa, Associated Press | News | Comments

Automaker resumed car production at all of its plants in Japan, but said the factories will run at half capacity due to parts shortages.

Japan Nuke Plant Evacuees To Get Compensation

April 15, 2011 5:26 am | by Mari Yamaguchi and Shino Yuasa, Associated Press | News | Comments

Operator of tsunami-damaged nuclear plant said it would pay an initial $12,000 for each household forced to evacuate because of leaking radiation.

India Increasing Safety Features At Nuclear Plants

April 14, 2011 10:39 am | by Nirmala George, Associated Press | News | Comments

India is increasing safety features at all of its nuclear power plants to try to prevent a crisis like Japan's caused by seismic activity or an extended power loss.

Subaru Plant Plans 4-Day Production Halt

April 13, 2011 10:40 am | News | Comments

Subaru of America is halting production on one of its Lafayette plant's production lines due to a parts shortage caused by Japan's earthquake and tsunami.

Japan Downgrades Economic Outlook

April 13, 2011 5:33 am | News | Comments

Japan downgraded its economic outlook for first time in six months, citing drop in production and consumer spending following the earthquake and tsunami.

Ford: Asian Operations May Face Part Shortages

April 12, 2011 5:31 am | News | Comments

Automaker says its Asia-Pacific operations may have to slow or stop production later this month because of parts shortages from Japan.

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