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Nissan to halt production due to earthquake, following Toyota

Hitachi unit suspends operation, hitting supplies to Japanese carmakers

Nissan's Oppama plant and Nissan Shatai's Shonan plant will halt production for two days next week. (Source photos by Reuters and Kosaku Mimura)

TOKYO -- Nissan Motors will halt production at two assembly plants in Japan for two days next week due to repercussions from the earthquake that hit the northeast of the country on Feb. 13, Nikkei has learned.

Nissan's Oppama plant, which makes the company's flagship Note compact car, and its subsidiary Nissan Shatai's Shonan plant, which produces small passenger cars, will halt production on Monday and Tuesday. It is unknown how many cars will be affected.

The reason for Nissan's decision to halt operations is because of a shortage of suspension supplies from Hitachi subsidiary Hitachi Astemo. The Hitachi unit suspended production at a plant in Fukushima due to a power outage after the 7.3 earthquake. 

That supply shortage from that Hitachi Astemo plant also affects Toyota Motor, which suspended production at its 14 assembly lines in Japan for up to four days from Feb. 17.

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