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Honda has announced that it will temporarily suspend operations at both its Hamamatsu and Kumamato facilities this week. Both plants are responsible for producing the company's stable of motorcycles. The Hamamatsu plant, which builds the CBR600RR and CBR1000RR, has closed its doors today, March 14, while the Kumamato factory will be shuttered tomorrow. The latter facility is responsible for the Goldwing.
Both plants were far from the worst areas of earthquake and tsunami damage, but with massive power and parts shortages and a huge human toll, there's little sense in operating the plants at this time. The Kumamato facility is set to reopen on March 20th, but so far there's no word on when operations at Hamamatsu will resume.

Honda has committed to helping with the Japanese recovery effort by donating $3.9 million, 1,000 generators and 5,000 fuel canisters. Hit the jump for a look at the company's release on the disaster.

[Sources: Hell For Leather – sub. req, Visordown, Honda]
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TOKYO, Japan, March 14, 2011

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.

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. Automobile 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.

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.

Honda will cooperate to the electricity conservation efforts and the rolling blackout, prioritizing the relief and recovery of affected areas.

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.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      Honda used to produce motorcycles in their Marysville, Ohio plant. Look for production to shift elsewhere, Honda has lots of assets in foreign countries that they can easily tap.
        • 3 Years Ago
        They are talking about Supersport tho. The low powered bikes that are sold in the US are not made in Japan.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Global motorcycle sales are down sharply and the US market is down 50% (500,000 units) since its highs in 2005-2006. Honda are all too happy to use the earthquake as a reason to shutter production.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nice of them to do that for the country, but seems like a small amount for such a large company though.
      • 3 Years Ago
      @ GhostofPerdition,LongDucDong,

      During Katrina,American auto companies gave money and supplies,time & vehicles...its what people do,help when in need.

      Furthermore,great reason to close the plant for awhile,sales are way down..this is a great excuse !!! Plus they have no electricity !!! With rolling black outs...

      Now with the Japanese always not telling the truth,I wonder how much radiation is actually spewing out !!!
        • 3 Years Ago
        It takes a special breed of callousness to launch racial epithets ("with the Japanese always not telling the truth") at a country struggling in the light of one of the worst natural disasters in memory, and doing a darned good job given the hell that the 8.9 earthquake and the massive tsunami unleashed on the country.

        There are times for jingoism and there are times for supporting each other internationally in the name of humanity. In case you hadn't noticed, this is the latter.
      • 3 Years Ago
      This shut-down will last for........It's over.

      Production and trade are too important for Japan and Honda to turn-off.