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Nissan and Honda plan thousands of US layoffs and furloughs

Automakers slash labor costs to combat economic freeze caused by coronavirus

Workers on the assembly line at Nissan's automobile plant in the U.S. state of Tennessee.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Nissan Motor intends to lay off about 10,000 workers at its idle American plants while Honda Motor places more than half its U.S. staff on temporary leave, as Japan's automakers step up their response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Almost all of Nissan's U.S. factory workers will be affected by the layoffs, at automobile and engine plants in Tennessee and an auto plant in Mississippi, Nikkei has learned.

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