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Mar 17, 2011

Honda, Suzuki And Yamaha Have Suspended Operations At Several Japanese Facilities

<March 17, 2011 Release>

Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. announces its updated operating plans for the following factories.

The operating plan listed below is for March 18 to March 23.
Operating plans for March 24 and onwards will be announced by March 23.

Factories suspending production temporarily

Motorcycle factories (Iwata Main, Iwata South, Hamakita, Morimachi and Nakaze factories)
Dates closed: March 18, 21 to 23

Outboard Motor factories (Fukuroi South, Arai and Kuramatsu factories)
Dates closed: March 18, 21 to 23 (YKP* small model production will continue until 21)

Water Vehicle (PWC*) factory (Kuramatsu Factory)
Dates closed: March 18, 21 to 23

Automotive Engine factory (Iwata Main Factory)
Engine production for Toyota Motor Corporation suspended March 18, 21 and 22

Power Product factory (YMPC)*
ATV, Golf Car production suspended March 18, 21 to 23. However, Generator production will continue

All factories other than the above, including Boat, Pool, IM* and UAV* factories will continue to operate as usual.

*Abbreviations:
YKP: Yamaha Kumamoto Products Co., Ltd.
PWC: Personal water craft
YMPC: Yamaha Motor Powered Products Co., Ltd.
*IM: Intelligent Machinery
*UAV: Unmanned Aerial Vehicle




<March 15, 2011 Release>

Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. has decided to suspend production temporarily at the following factories.

Factories suspending production temporarily

Motorcycle factories (Iwata Main, Iwata South, Hamakita, Morimachi and Nakaze factories)
Dates closed: March 16, 17

Outboard Motor factories (Fukuroi South, Arai and Kuramatsu factories)
Dates closed: March 16, 17 (YKP* small model production will continue only on 16th)

Water Vehicle (PWC*) factory (Kuramatsu Factory)
Dates closed: March 16, 17

Automotive Engine factory (Iwata Main Factory)
Engine production for Toyota Motor Corporation suspended March 16, 17

Power Product factory (YMPC)*
ATV, Golf Car production suspended March 16, 17. However, Generator production will continue

All workplaces other than the above will operate on March 16, 17 as usual. Operations from March 18 onward will be decided in a meeting on March 17.

*Abbreviations:
YKP: Yamaha Kumamoto Products Co., Ltd.
PWC: Personal water craft
YMPC: Yamaha Motor Powered Products Co., Ltd.




<March 14, 2011 Release>

The following are the immediate operating plans for Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd.

Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. operating plans

March 14, 15
All factories/offices are operating

March 16
Decision to be made in morning meeting on Mar. 15

From March 17
Decision pending




More, from a press release issued by Honda Motor Co., Ltd.:

About the Major Earthquake in Northeastern Japan

TOKYO, Japan - Honda would like to express its deepest sympathy and condolences to the victims of The 2011 Off the Pacific Coast of Tohoku Earthquake in northeastern Japan and our sincere hopes for the earliest possible relief and recovery of the affected areas.

<About Honda operations>
Considering the current situation of the nationwide recovery efforts in Japan, Honda has decided the following:

· As of March 14, all production activities are suspended at the following Honda plants: Sayama Plant at Saitama Factory (Sayama, Saitama), Ogawa Plant (Ogawa-machi, Hiki-gun Saitama), Tochigi Factory (Moka, Tochigi), Hamamatsu Factory (Hamamatsu, Shizuoka) and Suzuka Factory (Suzuka, Mie).

· From March 15 through 20, Honda will suspend all production activities at its plants listed above as well as at Kumamoto Factory (Ozu-machi, Kikuchi-gun, Kumamoto).

· From March 14 through 20, Honda will suspend regular operations at all Honda facilities in the Tochigi area, where damage was more serious, (including Tochigi Factory, Honda R&D Co., Ltd. R&D Center (Tochigi) , Honda Engineering Co., Ltd., etc.), and focus on the recovery of each operation. Honda associates will not come to work during this time.

<About aid for the victims of the earthquake>
With the hope to contribute to the earliest possible relief and recovery of affected areas, Honda will provide the following aid:

· 300 million yen toward the relief and recovery effort

· A total of 1,000 generators (gasoline-powered and home-use gas canister-powered), along with 5,000 gas canisters. Honda also will dispatch its staff to explain how to use the donated generators.


<About the electricity conservation and cooperation for the rolling blackout requested by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry>
Honda will cooperate to the electricity conservation efforts and the rolling blackout, prioritizing the relief and recovery of affected areas.

<About recruiting activities>
Honda decided the following regarding its recruiting activities so that victims of the earthquake can focus on recovery.

· Prospective associates, who are scheduled to join the company in April, can choose to delay their first day of work by up to two months if they or their families are affected by the earthquake.

· For those who have applied for next year's recruiting process starting in April of this year (associates who would join the company in April 2012) from the affected areas (six prefectures in Tohoku areas and Ibaraki prefecture), Honda will ensure that the testing/interviewing of those applicants will be conducted in June or later. More details will be posted on the recruiting section of the Honda website in April.




More, from a press release issued by Suzuki Motor Corporation:

Suzuki plants suspended due to earthquake in Japan (Report #2)

Suzuki Motor Corporation expresses heartfelt sympathy to those affected by the earthquake in Japan.

Suzuki will continuously suspend production at all plants until 21 March. The operation after 22 will be decided after we assess the situation.

Takatsuka Plant Motorcycle engines assembling and machining

Kosai Plant Passenger car assembling

Iwata Plant Multi-purpose vehicle and commercial vehicle assembling

Toyokawa Plant Motorcycles and outboard motor assembling

Sagara Plant Passenger car assembling and Automobile engines assembling

Osuka Plant Foundry