TOKYO A magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck southern Japan early on Saturday, killing at least 15 people, injuring hundreds more and trapping people in collapsed buildings, just over a day after a quake killed nine people in the same region.
The natural disaster has also hit economic activity in the southern Japanese island of Kyushu which hosts a number of manufacturers.
Below is a list of key companies affected by the quakes and the status of their facilities as reported by Reuters and other media.
* Sony Corp halted production of image sensors at its plant in Kumamoto. It is inspecting the plant and does not have a timeline for resuming production yet.
* Honda Motor Co Ltd halted production at its motorcycle plant in Kumamoto with an annual production capacity of 250,000. It will keep production on hold through Monday.
* Toyota Motor Corp halted production at three plants producing vehicles, engines and transaxles in Fukuoka. It will decide on Sunday whether to resume production.
* Nissan Motor Co Ltd halted production at its Fukuoka plant which produces vehicles including the Serena, Teana, Murano and Note.
* Renesas Electronics Corp closed its plant in Kumamoto, which produces microcontroller chips for automobiles. It will not resume production until completing the assessment for potential damage.
* Mitsubishi Electric Corp halted production of its two plants in Kumamoto which produce parts including liquid crystal display modules. It has no timeline for resuming production.
* Tokyo Electron Ltd halted production of semiconductors its Kumamoto plant and is currently assessing the damage.
* Medical technology company Hoya Corp halted production of photomasks and other products at its Kumamoto plant. It is mulling sending production elsewhere.
* Tyre maker Bridgestone Corp halted production at its Kumamoto plant and will resume production once the situation is assessed.
* Suntory Beverage and Food Ltd halted production of beer and other drinks at its plant in Kumamoto.
* Yamazaki Baking Co Ltd, which had resumed production after halting in wake of the quake on Thursday, again stopped bread production at its Kumamoto plant.
(Reporting by Shinichi Saoshiro, Naomi Tajitsu, Makiko Yamazaki and the Tokyo bureau; Editing by Lincoln Feast)
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Published Date: Apr 16, 2016 09:30 am | Updated Date: Apr 16, 2016 09:30 am