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Japanese automakers and pars suppliers try to hang on

ISHINOMAKI, Japan (AP) - Some five weeks after Japan's earthquake and tsunami, Japanese automakers and auto parts factories continue to struggle because of a shortage of parts.
Toyota says it's resumed car production at all of its Japanese plants for the first time since the double natural disaster, but they'll run at half capacity because Toyota doesn't have enough of some 150 parts.
The parts shortage also has affected Honda, Nissan, Ford and General Motors, and not just in Japan, but globally.
One Japanese producer of components for car antennas and navigation systems managed to avoid tsunami damage because the building sits on a hill. But it's been tough restarting operations because it uses an even smaller company to finish and test a half-dozen of it parts. That company was wiped out on March 11.


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