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Toyota to halve Japan production, putting jobs at risk

Annual output edges closer to the 'red line' of 3m vehicles

Production cuts by Toyota are feared to deal a severe blow to Japan's auto industry. (Photo by Koji Uema)

NAGOYA, Japan -- Toyota Motor will cut next month's domestic automobile production by roughly half from its March-end plan, Nikkei learned Wednesday, as the spread of the novel coronavirus depresses demand for new cars around the world.

The automaker had been finalizing the number after indicating earlier that it will reduce output at all 18 assembly plants in Japan, including those of group companies.

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