Over a year ago Mother Nature was at its catastrophic best when an earthquake and Tsunami hit the island Nation of Japan. Life came to a standstill in the entire country with little left behind after the disaster. Aids and assistance from all over the world flew in. The whole of Japan was severely destroyed and badly hurt. All the people were left helpless and in despair searching for shelter and hope to live and survive the worst calamity since the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings, even after the demise of their loved ones. Nature’s fury affected all types of organisms and all aspects of living. All the major industries were hampered and the automobile industry was certainly no exception.
The natural catastrophe that struck Japan more than a year ago has had long lasting influence on their automobile industry. The earthquakes that jolted the entire Japan and the tsunami that deteriorated the well developed infrastructure of the island nation gave a huge setback to the major Japanese car companies, some of which have not yet been able to recover. Manufacturing was stopped and major production units were closed till quite long after the calamity. The natural phenomenon that left millions of Japanese homeless and dead was a huge blow for the automobile industry. Japan the ‘Land of the Rising Sun’ is world renowned for its automobiles. The Japanese vintage cars feature some of the best designed cars in the world. Most of these companies have their plants all around the globe.
One of the world’s leading producers of cars, Toyota, had suspended its manufacturing at all the units for several weeks and reported losses and reduction in the production of vehicles in Japan. The production work was held up at nearly all the Japanese car companies even those that were not affected by the disasters due to the complete snapping of the supply chain all throughout Japan. All the top Japanese companies namely Honda, Nissan, Mitsubishi held up their production due to some reason or the other. These terminations took weeks to end before work could finally commence. The damages to the automobile manufacturing premises of nearly all the Japanese car companies is largely viewed as the chief cause of the halts in production.
Japan is the one of the major players in the world automobile market. It exports nearly one half of what it produces and nearly one-fifth of the total vehicles produced in the world were produced in Japan last year. This clearly reflects the impact that the suspension of production of cars in Japan due to the natural disasters would have had worldwide. These calamities caused a dearth of parts that were imported from Japan and hence the production in areas such as North America in the plants of Japanese car companies like Toyota, Subaru and General Motors. These plants had to limit their production to a great extent in order to avoid serious shortage of spares. All this had far reaching negative consequences on the world automobile market as Japan is the largest exporter of vehicles in the world.