Toyota resumes Japan production

Toyota has resumed operations at its plants in Japan that had been halted since the earthquake and tsunami, but production volume will be at around 50% due to a shortage of auto parts.

The automaker, which has been running three of its production facilities in Japan at limited capacity since late March and early April, said it was facing difficulty in securing nearly 150 types of components.

Factories in north-eastern Japan were destroyed in the March disasters, leading to a component supply crisis.

The plants that resumed operations include those in the quake-hit Miyagi, where Yaris compact saloons are built for export to North America.

The world's number one carmaker plans to continue at half capacity until June 3, with production halting from April 28 to May 9 due to the Golden Week holidays.

The company has not yet decided when to return to normal production in Japan, aToyota spokeswoman said.

The automaker suffered a production loss of 260,000 cars due to the March disasters, the spokeswoman said.

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