Toyota to further curb production in Japan as COVID spreads


The Toyota logo is seen on its stand during a media day for the Auto Shanghai show in Shanghai, China April 19, 2021. REUTERS/Aly Song

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TOKYO, Jan 20 (Reuters) – (This story from Jan 19 has been corrected after Toyota corrected the number of factories affected to 12 from 11)

Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T) is slowing production at as many as 12 factories in Japan due to rising COVID-19 infections among its workers and those of parts suppliers, it said Thursday.

The disruption, which comes amid a shortage of semiconductors that is already forcing it to cut production, could cut production plans this month by around 47,000 vehicles, a Toyota spokesperson said. .

Toyota said Tuesday it expects to miss its annual goal of building 9 million vehicles because it doesn’t have enough chips. The company’s financial year ends on March 31.

There has been an increase in cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant in Japan since the start of the year. Daily coronavirus cases hit a record high of 46,199 on Thursday.

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Reporting by Maki Shiraki and Tim Kelly Editing by David Goodman

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