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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.

Japan Raises Crisis Severity To Match Chernobyl

April 12, 2011 5:06 am | by Ryan Nakashima and Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press | News | Comments

Japanese nuclear regulators said they raised the rating from 5 to 7 -- the highest level on an international scale of nuclear accidents.

End To Japanese Nuke Crisis Is Decades Away

April 11, 2011 5:31 am | by Charles Hutzler and Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

Making the site safe and removing the ruined equipment is going to be a messy ordeal that could take decades and cost hundreds of millions of dollars.

Sharp Stops Making Big LCD Panels

April 11, 2011 5:30 am | News | Comments

Sharp Corp. has suspended domestic production of large-sized LCD panels because of a shortfall of industrial gas after a massive earthquake and tsunami.

Few Confident U.S. Ready For Nuclear Emergency

April 8, 2011 5:16 am | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press | News | Comments

Most Americans doubt the U.S. government is prepared to respond to a nuclear emergency like the one in Japan, a new Associated Press-GfK poll shows.

Toyota To Resume Production At Half Capacity

April 8, 2011 5:06 am | by Shino Yuasa, Associated Press | News | Comments

Automaker will resume production at all plants in Japan at half capacity from April 18 to 27 after the earthquake and tsunami forced it to halt manufacturing.

No Raised Radiation Found In Air, Milk Samples

April 7, 2011 10:31 am | by Angela Delli Santi, Associated Press | News | Comments

Samples of milk, air and rainwater in New Jersey show no sign of elevated radiation from the Japan nuclear disaster, the state's top environmental official said.

Japan Crisis Complicates Move To Clean Energy

April 7, 2011 5:17 am | by Denis D. Gray, Associated Press | News | Comments

Worldwide calls to curb nuclear power amid Japan's plant crisis could be bad news for the fight against global warming, activists say.

Japan Stops Radioactive Leak Into Pacific

April 6, 2011 5:27 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

Workers stopped a highly radioactive leak off Japan's flooded nuclear complex, and engineers prepared an injection of nitrogen to deter any new hydrogen explosions.

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