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Honda resumes full production at quake-hit motorcycle plant


Aug. 24, 2016 – Japan’s Honda Motor Co. says it has resumed full production of motorcycles at a plant that was idled by major earthquakes in April.

Honda said Wednesday that it had “virtually normalized” production at the factory in Kumamoto, on the southern island of Kyushu, as of Tuesday.

The plant was completely offline for about two weeks after the two quakes struck in mid-April, devastating the area and killing 50 people. It has gradually restored output, starting with parts.

Honda said it was still working to fully stabilize production of engine parts for mini vehicles, transferring some of the production from Kumamoto to a factory Suzuka, in eastern Japan.

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