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Japanese automakers hit by China's zero-COVID lockdowns

Toyota, Honda, others being forced to adjust or suspend operations

A Honda factory in Wuhan jointly operated by China's Dongfeng Motor Group. (Photo by Takashi Kawakami)

TOKYO -- Ongoing COVID lockdowns in China are forcing Japanese car and truck manufacturers to drastically adjust their production schemes in the country, in some cases forcing Honda and Toyota to completely suspend operations at their factories there.

The country's zero-COVID policy of initiating massive lockdowns to stop outbreaks is keeping workers in their homes, making normal production virtually impossible. Prolonged lockdowns could also have an effect on sales for the companies.

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