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Toyota, Subaru extend Japan holiday shutdowns over supply crunch

Chipmakers to keep factories humming to address shortage

Some production lines at Toyota's Takaoka plant in central Japan will remain shut through May 9. (Photo courtesy of Toyota)

TOKYO -- Toyota Motor and other Japanese automakers are closing their factories longer than usual for the April-May holiday season as the global chip shortage and other supply chain disruptions force them to adjust production.

Many manufacturers close factories during Golden Week, a string of Japanese public holidays that runs from April 29 to May 8 this year. But with the war in Ukraine and Shanghai's COVID lockdown wreaking havoc on supply chains, they have been unable to secure parts needed to resume normal operation after the holiday. 

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