Chip shortage forces Subaru factory stoppage

Subaru has become the latest Japanese carmaker affected by the global shortage of semiconductors.

Officials at the company say they are going to halt both manufacturing lines at their Yajima plant, north of Tokyo, from April 10 to 20.

When production resumes from April 21, only one line will be moving.

The measures are expected to reduce Subaru's production by about 10,000 vehicles.

Supply-chain disruptions and sudden shifts in consumer demand amid the coronavirus pandemic have led to the chip shortage.

Suzuki Motor plans to halt output at some of its factories in central Japan for two days this month.

A fire last month at a factory of Japanese semiconductor maker Renesas Electronics could worsen the situation.

The major manufacturer of semiconductors for automobiles has halted part of its production as it recovers from the fire.