Honda Halts Operations at Its Kumamoto Factory After Earthquakes Strike Japan

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If you have been following mainstream news, you will know that the Pacific Rim has been active with earthquake activity these past few days.

In addition to the devastating movements in Ecuador, Japan has been rocked by a series of earthquakes as well, two of which have centered on the Kumamoto prefecture of the country.

If that names sounds familiar to motorcycle enthusiasts, it is because Kumamoto is Honda’s mothership for motorcycle production. As such, Honda is halting the operations of its Kumamoto factory, thru the rest of this week (ending April 22, 2016).

Honda says that its subsequent production plans will be determined according to facility restorations and component supply.

Honda’s press statement also expressed the company’s deepest sympathy and condolences to the victims of The 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake, and wish the Kyushu residents a quick recovery from the earthquake.

The Kumamoto factory closure is not expected to have lasting effects on Honda’s motorcycle production schedule, although that statement assumes no further damage is found at the facility, and that no further earthquakes disrupt the region.

Source: Honda

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