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Japanese Automakers To Work Weekends Only

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On: Fri, May 20, 2011 at 10:20AM | By: Tim Healey

Japanese Automakers To Work Weekends Only

In a bid to reduce the stress on Japan's power grid following March's earthquake and tsunami that destroyed a nuclear power plant, the Japanese automakers and suppliers will take select weekdays off in order to ease stress on the nation's power grid.

The companies will take Thursdays and Fridays off and work on weekends during the summer in order to relieve stress from the grid.

The government has asked that the industry work toward a 15 percent reduction in power consumption during the peak use summer months, therefore the companies will make the change from the first week of July to the first week of September.

The March 11 natural disasters took out 8 percent of the country's power capacity. Between Toyota, Honda, and Nissan, production has slumped 57 percent.

This is a good example of companies working together with the government to help efforts to recover from a major disaster.

Not only are the automakers helping the government and the Japanese people, but they might make life a little easier on themselves. By working during off-peak hours, they might reduce costs for power, which will help them get back on their feet and recover from the lost production.

The Japanese automakers and the government are tied together, and the two will be working together to help each other recover from the disasters for quite some time. And they will have to work together in order to overcome the challenges caused by the disasters.

Nissan, Mazda, Subaru, and Suzuki also face challenges, as do suppliers based in Japan. By adjusting work schedules, those companies have made one of many likely adjustments that they'll need to make through the next year or so.


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