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Japan auto suppliers furlough workers due to supply snarls

Global chip and other shortages begin to mar nation's employment picture

Nissan's problems procuring chips and other crucial components are reverberating back into other parts of its supply chain as domestic parts makers tell their employees to stay home. (Photo by Ryotaro Yamada).

TOKYO -- Major suppliers to Toyota Motor and Nissan Motor plan to temporarily furlough their employees this month as the global semiconductor shortage and logistical logjams take a toll on auto production.

The moves also show that the supply constraints that have been marring global production for around two years now are affecting Japan's employment environment.

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