Sony suspends some production at more Japan plants


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TOKYO: Sony Corp is suspending some production at plants in Japan that make popular consumer electronics such as digital cameras and TVs due to shortages of components and raw materials following the March 11 earthquake.

Operations at plants in Shizuoka, Aichi, Gifu and Oita were suspended through to the end of this month. Those factories are involved in the production of broadcast equipment, camcorders, digital cameras, lenses for digital single-lens reflex cameras, cellphones, LCD TVs, microphones and headphones.

“The company intends to resume manufacturing operations at each of those sites as it secures raw materials and components,” it said in a statement on its website.

Sony, a world leader in consumer electronics and entertainment, also said it was resuming operations at some plants where production had ground to a halt after the 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami which devastated Japan’s northeast.

The company, which makes the Vaio PC and PlayStation3 videogame console, said none of its employees were killed in the magnitude quake — the worst in Japan’s history — and the enormous tsunami that followed.

All told, police estimate around 18,400 people died from the quake and tsunami. More than 15,000 deaths are likely in Miyagi, the prefecture that took the full impact of the wave. — AP

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