Explosion At Central Japanese Honda Plant Injures 2 Workers

Explosion at Central Japanese Honda plant injures 2 workers

TOKYO — An explosion was reported at Honda Motor Co Ltd's plant in central Japan, police said on Sunday, with two workers sent to the hospital with burns.

The explosion at an electrical power distribution switchboard occurred at around 9:15 am local time (5:15 p.m. EDT Saturday) in Honda's plant in Suzuka city, Mie prefecture, an officer with the prefectural police said. Two workers in their 20s, who were checking the switchboard, were injured and sent to be treated, the officer said.

Honda's Wuhan, China, Plant Back Up, With Coronavirus Precautions

Honda's Wuhan, China, plant back up, with coronavirus precautions

WUHAN, China — Temperature checkpoints and posters telling workers to keep more than a meter apart at Japanese automaker Honda Motor Co's reopened plant in the Chinese city of Wuhan show how the coronavirus has created a new normal on the factory floor.

The plant, a Honda joint venture with Dongfeng Motor Group, was shut in late January when authorities ordered a lockdown in Wuhan in a bid to snuff out the coronavirus, which emerged there late last year.

Honda To Reduce Production At Japan Plant Says Nikkei Report

Honda to reduce production at Japan plant says Nikkei report

Honda Motor Co will temporarily cut back production in Japan due to difficulty in sourcing parts from China amid the coronavirus outbreak, Nikkei Asian Review reported on Monday citing sources at auto parts suppliers and dealers.

The cutbacks, which will last for a few days beginning early March, will see a reduction in output by a few hundred vehicles at two plants in Saitama Prefecture, the report said.

Panasonic Pulls Out Of Tesla Solar Plant In New York

Panasonic pulls out of Tesla solar plant in New York

TOKYO/LOS ANGELES — Panasonic will exit solar cell production at Tesla's New York plant, the latest sign of strain in a partnership where Panasonic's status as the U.S. electric vehicle (EV) maker's exclusive battery supplier is ending.

The move increases uncertainty over Tesla's solar business which is already under scrutiny, having been drastically scaled back since the U.S. firm bought it for $2.6 billion in 2016.

Toyota Restarts Plant In Chengdu

Toyota restarts plant in Chengdu

Japanese carmaker, Toyota Motor, has resumed operations at a plant in Chengdu, China.

Monday's restart came as the facility secured sufficient workers and ensured its supply chain for components.

Utility Looks Into Ikata Plant Power Outage

Utility looks into Ikata plant power outage

The Ikata nuclear power plant in western Japan has had a short electricity outage, causing suspension of maintenance work on one of its reactors. All three reactors at the plant are currently offline.

Officials at Shikoku Electric Power Company and Ehime Prefecture say the plant lost power at around 3:40 p.m. on Saturday.

Koizumi Questions Japan Financing Of Vietnam Plant

Koizumi questions Japan financing of Vietnam plant

Japanese Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi has called into question Japan's financing of a coal-fired power plant in Vietnam.

Environment Ministry officials say a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corporation and others are planning to build the Vung Ang 2 power plant in Vietnam's Ha Tinh Province. The government-affiliated Japan Bank for International Cooperation is among those considering funding the project.

Tepco To Add Workers For Plant Decommissioning

TEPCO to add workers for plant decommissioning

The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant says the firm plans to assign more of its employees to decommissioning work there. The move follows a series of mistakes and other troubles at the site.

Tokyo Electric Power Company President Tomoaki Kobayakawa disclosed the plan when he was summoned to the Nuclear Regulation Authority on Thursday to discuss the cause of the problems and preventive measures.

Restaurants Adopt Plant-based Cutlery, Containers

Restaurants adopt plant-based cutlery, containers

Japanese restaurant operators are switching from plastic knives, forks and spoons to cutlery and containers made from plant-based materials as they try to cut down on plastic waste.

Skylark Holdings, Japan's biggest family-restaurant operator, is adopting such a policy at about 2,800 outlets.

Japan To Enhance New Plant Variety Protection

Japan to enhance new plant variety protection

The Japanese government has decided to seek stricter restrictions on the export to other countries of seeds and saplings of new varieties of fruits and other plants developed in Japan.

The agriculture ministry is aiming for a revision of the Plant Variety Protection and Seed Act during next year's ordinary Diet session to allow developers to limit the areas in which the varieties can be grown.

Regulators To Review Fukushima Daiichi Plant Work

Regulators to review Fukushima Daiichi plant work

Japan's nuclear regulators plan to look into work management at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, which is being decommissioned following the 2011 accident.

The move follows a series of mistakes and violations. In June this year, smoke came out when workers misconnected power lines at the No.5 and No.6 reactors.