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Heavy rains prompt Daihatsu, Mazda, Mitsubishi to halt production

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Record monsoon disrupt auto operations

Record levels of rainfall continue to batter the southwestern islands of Japan. As a result, flooding and landslides have affected the areas of Osaka, Okayama, Hiroshima, and Kyoto.

In response, Japanese automakers have decided to temporarily suspend production in their facilities in the affected areas, according to reports from NHK and Fortune. The companies have cited difficulties in receiving parts and also access for their employees as the reasons.

Daihatsu has suspended daytime operations at assembly plants in four prefectures, which include their facilities in Kyoto and Osaka. Mazda has halted production at their factories in Hiroshima and Yamaguchi until Tuesday. Mitsubishi has stopped operations at their plant in Okayama.

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In a separate statement, the president of Bermaz Philippines (distributor of Mazda), Steven Tan, has said that the suspension of production will not affect the supply chain of Philippine-bound vehicles and parts.

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