Japan's car production drops 60.1%

Japan's car manufacturing sector has suffered a major drop of 60.1% in production in April, according to reports.

Vehicle production in the country, which experienced twin disasters last year, fell to 292,001 units in April from 731,829 in the same month in 2010, the Japan Car Manufacturers Association has said.

The damage caused by the earthquake and tsunami has crippled the main car component suppliers in north eastern Japan.

The production has been consistently dropping during the consecutive seven months, compared to the same period in 2010.

Manufacturers in Japan were forced to reduce levels of production due to the shortage of key parts of vehicles.

The country is not expecting to return to pre-disaster production level until later this year.

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