Plants, Stores Closed in Heavy Rain-Hit Western Japan

Economy

Tokyo, July 9 (Jiji Press)--Manufacturing plants and retails stores have been forced to suspend their business operations due to record-breaking downpours that hit western Japan over the weekend.

On Monday, Daihatsu Motor Co., a unit of Toyota Motor Corp. <7203>, refrained from starting output as usual at three plants in the Kansai region including the mainstay factory in Ikeda, Osaka Prefecture, and another in Nakatsu, Oita Prefecture, as parts were expected to arrive there late due to road closures in afflicted areas.

Panasonic Corp. <6752> canceled operations the same day at a flood-hit broadcasting equipment factory in Okayama.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. <7011> had to forgo work at a plant in Mihara, Hiroshima Prefecture, because water stopped.

In the food and beverage industry, Asahishuzo Co., known for the Dassai sake brand, in Iwakuni, Yamaguchi Prefecture, became unable to ship 280,000 1.8-liter bottles of sake as its head office and brewery were flooded.

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