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Honda's Philippine Plant Cuts Production

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

Honda Cars Philippines Inc. says it is reducing its auto production by half because of difficulties in getting spare parts from earthquake-stricken Japan.

Japan Sets Radiation Safety Level For Seafood

April 5, 2011 5:11 am | by Ryan Nakashima and Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press | News | Comments

New levels coupled with reports that radiation was building up in fish led the government to create an acceptable radiation standard for fish for the first time.

Toyota Will Shut North American Plants

April 4, 2011 10:59 am | by Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Toyota Motor Corp. spokesman says it's inevitable that the company will have to shut down its North American factories due to shortages of parts from Japan.

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Largest U.S. Dealer Expects Japan Auto Shortage

April 4, 2011 10:22 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Cars made by Japanese manufacturers will be in short supply at showrooms because of last month's earthquake and tsunami, AutoNation CEO says.

Greenpeace: Chernobyl Food Radiation Persists

April 4, 2011 5:55 am | News | Comments

Environmental group said hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians are still eating food contaminated by radiation a quarter-century after the blast.

Search For Radiation Leak Turns Desperate In Japan

April 4, 2011 5:50 am | by Mari Yamaguchi & Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press | News | Comments

Workers used a milky bathwater dye as they frantically tried to trace the path of radioactive water seeping into the ocean from Japan's tsunami-damaged nuclear plant.

Japanese Auto Sales Plunge

April 1, 2011 5:09 am | News | Comments

Japan's car sales plunged nearly 40 percent in March as consumer confidence took a beating from the tsunami and nuclear disaster.

Honda, Mazda To Restart Limited Car Production

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

Automakers say they will resume limited production at several Japanese factories in early April, but full production depends on the flow of parts.

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Texas Instruments Says Japan Factories Recovering

March 30, 2011 5:37 am | News | Comments

Company expects to restart some production in April and ramp up to full production in July; the plant should be back to full shipping capability in September.

Nissan: Damaged Plant To Resume Output In June

March 30, 2011 4:45 am | News | Comments

Automaker said wrecked engine plant in Japan won't return to operations until June and it will take 'some time' before production runs at full capacity.

Japan Vows To Review Nuclear Safety Standards

March 29, 2011 10:17 am | by Mari Yamaguchi & Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan's government vowed to overhaul nuclear safety standards once its reactor complex is under control, admitting that its safeguards were insufficient.

Toyota Restricts Orders

March 29, 2011 10:14 am | News | Comments

Automaker wants U.S. car dealers to stop ordering more than 200 replacement parts made in Japan because it's worried about running out of them.

Subaru Plant Slowing Output Due To Shortage

March 29, 2011 5:49 am | News | Comments

Subaru of America is slowing production at its Lafayette plant because of a temporary auto parts shortage caused by Japan's devastating earthquake and tsunami.

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AP: Long Blackouts Pose Risk To U.S. Reactors

March 29, 2011 5:34 am | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press | News | Comments

The risk of a blackout leading to core damage, while extremely remote, exists at all U.S. nuclear power plants, and some are more susceptible than others.

More Radioactive Water Spills At Japan Nuke Plant

March 28, 2011 10:22 am | by Shina Yuasa, Associated Press | News | Comments

Workers discovered new pools of radioactive water leaking from Japan's crippled nuclear complex as crews struggled to bring the plant back under control.

Nuclear Industry Touts Safety Of Reactors

March 28, 2011 5:47 am | by Matti Huuhtanen, Associated Press | News | Comments

Halfway around the globe from Japan, engineers building a cutting-edge nuclear reactor along Finland's shores insist the same crisis couldn't happen here.

Ford To Shut Down Plant To Save Parts

March 28, 2011 5:43 am | News | Comments

Automaker is planning to shut down its plant in Genk, Belgium, for five days starting April 4, in an effort to conserve auto parts in the wake of the earthquake.

Gaps Found In U.S. Radiation Monitoring System

March 28, 2011 5:32 am | by Garance Burke and Noaki Schwartz, Associated Press | News | Comments

About 20 monitors out of 124 nationwide were out of service earlier this week, including units in Harlingen, Texas and Buffalo, New York, EPA said.

Auto Crisis Worsens As Shutdowns Drag On

March 28, 2011 5:19 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach and Sharon Silke Carty, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

In the weeks ahead, thousands of auto plant workers will likely be told to stay home, and automakers such as Toyota and Honda will lose billions.

Breach In Reactor Suspected At Nuke Plant

March 25, 2011 10:27 am | by Jay Alabaster & Shino Yuasa, Associated Press | News | Comments

Possible breach might be a crack or a hole in the stainless steel chamber of the reactor core or in the fuel pool that's lined with several feet of reinforced concrete.

Report: Defects At U.S. Nuke Plants Not Reported

March 25, 2011 5:42 am | News | Comments

Companies that operate U.S. nuclear power plants are not telling government about some equipment defects that could create safety risks, report says.

Nissan May Move Some Engine Production To U.S.

March 25, 2011 5:29 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Automaker is considering moving some engine production from Japan to the U.S. because of earthquake damage to a Japanese plant.

Japan PM: Situation At Nuclear Plant 'Grave'

March 25, 2011 5:11 am | News | Comments

Prime minister Naoto Kan says the situation at the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant remains 'grave and serious.'

Workers Injured At Japanese Nuke Plant

March 24, 2011 5:43 am | News | Comments

Three workers have been exposed to radioactive elements at Japan's tsunami-crippled plant, and two of them were injured and sent to the hospital for treatment.

Toyota Curbs North American Production

March 24, 2011 5:25 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

World's biggest automaker said it expects to halt production at some of factories in North America due to shortages of parts from Japan.

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