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Chipmaker Renesas and others assess damage from recent quake

Northern Japan temblor brings echoes of 2011 production snags

Renesas shut down its key Naka factory in Ibaraki Prefecture, northeast of Tokyo, for safety reasons after power was temporarily knocked out. (Photo by Kotaro Hosokawa)

TOKYO -- The earthquake that struck Saturday night off the coast of Fukushima Prefecture, shaking northern and eastern Japan, has tripped up operations for many companies in a faint echo of the disruption brought by the much larger quake that hit the same area in 2011.

Renesas Electronics, a chipmaker, was one manufacturer affected. It shut down its key Naka factory in Ibaraki Prefecture, northeast of Tokyo, for safety reasons after power was temporarily knocked out.

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