Honda Affected by Earthquake, Donates $3 Million To Relief Effort

Japan’s major earthquake has affected Honda’s motorcycle production and killed at least one employee at the Tochigi research and development facility.

Honda is donating 300 million yen (US$3.7 million) towards relief and recovery efforts, and providing 1,000 gas-powered generators and 5,000 canisters of gas to fellow countrymen affected by the disaster.

In addition Honda  is closing several plants to comply with the Japanese government’s request for electricity conservation efforts and rolling blackouts.

As of March 14, all production activities are suspended at the following Honda plants: Sayama Plant at Saitama Factory (Sayama, Saitama), Ogawa Plant (Ogawa-machi, Hiki-gun Saitama), Tochigi Factory (Moka, Tochigi), Hamamatsu Factory (Hamamatsu, Shizuoka) and Suzuka Factory (Suzuka, Mie).

– From March 15 through 20, Honda will suspend all production activities at its plants listed above as well as at Kumamoto Factory (Ozu-machi, Kikuchi-gun, Kumamoto).  This plant produces the Super Cub, CBR600RR, VFR1200F and DN-01,

– From March 14 through 20, Honda will suspend regular operations at all Honda facilities in the Tochigi area, where damage was more serious, (including Tochigi Factory, Honda R&D Co., Ltd. R&D Center (Tochigi) , Honda Engineering Co., Ltd., etc.), and focus on the recovery of each operation. Honda associates will not come to work during this time.
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