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Toyota, Honda cut production in Japan amid omicron surge

Outbreaks and chip shortage hamstring automakers' push to meet targets

Toyota's Motomachi plant in Aichi Prefecture: The automaker will suspend operations at up to 21 production lines at 11 Japanese plants. (Photo courtesy of Toyota)

TOKYO -- The latest wave of coronavirus infections in Japan has further disrupted production plans at Toyota Motor and the country's other automakers.

Toyota will suspend operations at up to 21 production lines at 11 Japanese plants, with the stoppage lasting for four days through Monday, the company said Thursday. The automaker was forced to make the closures because of a growing number of infected workers on its factory floors and among suppliers.

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