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29th October 2004, 00:15
A deadly earthquake in a major industrial base in Japan threatens to disrupt motorcycle production.

The earthquake in Niigata Prefecture, one of the largest industrial areas measured 6.8 on the Richter scale, has left 27 dead and 2,500 injured with three still missing. It came on the heels of a record 10 typhoons which hit Japan, causing deaths and extensive damage.

Among the worst affected was Nippon Seiki, the country's top maker of speedometers for motorcycles which ships to Honda, Suzuki, Yamaha and Kawasaki.

One of Nippon Seiki's two plants was badly hit with water pipes ruptured, equipment knocked over and electricity cut off although its other factory was brought back online after three days, a company official said.

29th October 2004, 00:19

29th October 2004, 00:38
ah the joys of running a just enough just on time inventory system.