Car maker Nissan Motor said it would restart operations at a plant in Japan as it pressed on with efforts to repair damage and organise deliveries from suppliers after a devastating natural disaster.
Japan is battling growing nuclear and humanitarian crises after a massive earthquake and tsunami struck on Friday and the disaster is expected to have far-reaching consequences for the automotive industry both in Japan and abroad.
Nissan said it would resume production on Thursday March 17 and Friday March 18 at its Kyushu plant while supply inventory lasted. Operations after Saturday March 19 were yet to be decided, Nissan said.
"Although all plants, except for the Iwaki engine plant, have been able to repair some damaged facilities and/or equipment, it is still taking time to arrange delivery of parts from our suppliers," Nissan said in a statement.
"As for the Iwaki engine plant, with aftershocks still heavily impacting the region, restoration activities are expected to take longer than at other plants," it added.
Operations at its Oppama, Tochigi and Yokohama and Nissan Shatai plants were suspended until March 20.
Parts maker JATCO's Fuji and Fujinomiya plants had also suspended operations, Nissan said, adding that damage to buildings and equipment was being assessed.
Major car makers, which include Nissan, Toyota Motor and Honda Motor were forced to halt production after the disaster struck.
Toyota's 12 local assembly plants are suspended until March 22 while Honda's are idle until March 20.
Nissan said it had no current plans to repatriate foreign employees but was working with each employee "regarding their own personal choices and fully respected their decision to stay or leave."
It had confirmed the safety of all expatriate employees in Japan, it said.