News Japan: Honda Motorcycles Extends Halt

Japan: Honda Motorcycles Extends Halt

Japan Earthquake Update

For the second time since the March 11 Japan Earthquake and subsequent tsunami, Honda has extended the suspension of production at three factories, includoing the Kumamoto Factory (Ozu-machi, Kikuchi-gun, Kumamoto) that produces motorcycles.

This includes the Kumamoto Factory, where Honda manufactures motorcycles (the CBR600, the VFR1200F, the DN-01 and the Super Cub). The production extension will last until March 27.

On Tuesday, Honda reported the situation will be reassessed based on the status of the recovery of "Japan Society as a whole as well as the supply of parts."

Honda says: "We deeply regret any inconvenience this may cause our customers, and request their understanding during these challenging times."

Japan is continuing its relief efforts, attempting to recover from Friday's 9.0 magnitude earthquake, which subsequently caused a tsunami in the Northeastern region of the country.

As of Tuesday, Japanese Police report the death toll is more than 9,000, and there are over 13,500 people missing. There is also fear of a nuclear power-plant meltdown.

To help out Japan Earthquake victims, Honda also supported its country with the following aid:

・ 300 million yen toward the relief and recovery effort.

・ A total of 1,000 generators (gasoline-powered and home-use gas canister-powered), along with 5,000 gas canisters. Honda also will dispatch its staff to explain how to use the donated generators.

Ron Lieback
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