TOKYO (AP) - Toyota is suspending production at all 12 of its
plants in Japan for 11 days over February and March.
It's a stoppage of unprecedented scale for the automaker as it
deal with shrinking global demand. The last time Toyota halted
production in Japan was in 1993, when demand plunged because of a
rising yen. But that was for just one day.
The auto industry has been hammered by the global economic
downturn, forcing carmakers to cut staff, lower production and
delay new models.
Four of Toyota's factories in Japan produce vehicles while the
rest make engines and auto parts.