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Toyota halts half of Japan production lines after powerful quake

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A Yaris compact car is assembled at a Toyota Motor factory in Japan. (Photo by Konosuke Urata)

TOKYO -- Toyota Motor will halt production at 14 Japanese assembly lines for up to four days through Saturday, after a weekend earthquake in northeastern Japan disrupted operations at the automaker's suppliers.

The suspension begins as early as Wednesday and affects half of Toyota's 28 lines at nine factories nationwide, including subsidiaries such as Hino Motors. These lines are involved in producing a wide range of models, from the Harrier sport utility vehicle to the luxury Lexus brand.

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