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Honda and Toyota to keep Chinese plants closed over virus fears

Restart of operations pushed back again as outbreak looms over earnings

Honda workers at a plant in Wuhan, Hubei Province in April 2019. The automaker has decided to keep its plants in the region shuttered at least until late February.

TOKYO -- Honda Motor and Toyota Motor will keep shuttered auto plants in China closed in response to the coronavirus epidemic, Nikkei has learned.

Honda on Friday announced that it will aim to restart production in the Wuhan area of Hubei Province on Feb. 17. On Jan. 29, it decided to suspend operations until Feb. 9 in response to a Chinese government notice following the viral outbreak.

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