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Toyota, Nissan and Honda announced Friday that they would soon resume limited production at their plants in Japan, but the output would be at half of normal volume.

On Thursday night, another big tremor shook the devastated coast of northeast Japan, cutting off power to tens of thousands of households and causing a key supplier to the auto industry, Renesas Electronics, to shut four factories, Reuters reported.

Toyota, the world’s largest automaker, said it will restart manufacturing of its entire line-up at its 17 plants in Japan from April 18. It is planning on production volume of about 50% of the plants’ normal output. After the initial restart period the factories will begin their annual spring holiday through May 10.
Toyota says it will make decisions regarding post-holiday production “after assessing the parts supply situation.

Nissan, Japan’s No. 2 automaker by volume, said it will stagger the opening of its five domestic assembly plants from as early as April 11 and as late as April 18.

Japan’s No.2 automaker said it would restart on April 11 at the Oppama factory, which builds the Leaf electric vehicle and other models, and at subsidiary Nissan Shatai Co .
Production will begin at two factories in Kyushu, southern Japan, on April 13, and at the Tochigi plant on April 18, it said in a statement.

Honda Motor Co. plans to restart its Sayama Plant and Suzuka Factory on April 11. When those two plants come back on line, all of Honda’s auto assembly plants will be back in operation, but they’ll be running at about half the normal rate because of parts shortages.
Last week, Honda began reducing shifts at North American auto and engine plants, which supply more than 80 percent of the autos it sells in the U.S.