Major Japanese companies, including Daihatsu Motor Co. and Yamato Transport Co., were forced to suspend or delay operations in southwestern Japan on Thursday as torrential rain continues to devastate the area.
Daihatsu halted operations at its minicar-manufacturing plant in Nakatsu, Oita Prefecture, with resumption eyed on Friday. The automaker had already halted engine production at its plant in Kurume, Fukuoka Prefecture, on Wednesday night.
Japan’s leading parcel delivery company Yamato said its distribution service has been disrupted in areas mainly in Fukuoka and Oita prefectures due to flooding caused by the heavy rain.
Japan Post Co. said delivery of letters and parcels in Fukuoka and Oita could be delayed by up to a day.
Supermarket operator Aeon Co. said deliveries have been delayed to some of its stores in Oita but said outlets are open during regular business hours.
Sapporo Breweries Ltd. said its operations have not been affected despite leaking of rain at its plant in Hita city in Oita.
Honda Motor Co., Japanese imaging powerhouse Canon Inc. and chip maker Renesas Electronics Corp. said their plants in the area are running as usual. (JapanToday)