Earthquake batters manufacturing industries
The calamitous earthquake and tsunami that ravaged northeastern Japan on Friday also wreaked havoc on a broad swath of manufacturing facilities in the Tohoku region, one of Japan’s industrial hubs.
The disaster has damaged most of the major auto and electronics plants in the region, where many industries are concentrated due to its proximity to the Tokyo metropolitan area.
Roads and railways that are desperately needed to transport materials and products have been disrupted, while power outages continue across almost the entire region.
The shutdown of production of both key components and finished products has inevitably begun to affect factory operations in other parts of the nation. Exports have also been affected, further blighting the outlook for the Japanese economy.
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