As if the country of Japan has had enough to deal with over the last several months, the country is now facing a powerful typhoon with winds reaching up to 130 miles per hour. Tokyo Electric Power reports that 575,500 households are without power already, and that number could certainly climb.

Japanese automakers are bracing for Typhoon Roke as well. According to reports, Toyota, Honda, Nissan and Mitsubishi have all closed down plants or cancelled shifts at facilities affected by the storm.

This is the second typhoon to hit Japan so far this year, and the country averages between two and four of the storms every year. In other words, this may not be the last weather-related outage you hear about from Japanese automakers in 2011.


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      NightFlight
      • 3 Years Ago
      2011 has been a terrible year for that entire country. I hope that everyone there makes it through this storm....
      adam512
      • 3 Years Ago
      An unlucky year for the japanese.. worsened by the weather and disasters :( The automakers arent the biggest issues.. Its the lives of the people that are affected :(
        kmanning83
        • 3 Years Ago
        @adam512
        Unlucky, yes, but typhoons this size are commonplace. As it says in the article: they usually get 3 or 4 a year, and they aren't a big deal.
      Jameskey
      • 3 Years Ago
      "As if the country of Japan has had enough to deal with over the last several months," I never do this but has should be hasn't. I usually don't mind but that distracted me for some reason.
        4gasem
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jameskey
        I noticed this as well... Amazing what 2 letters and some punctuation can do for a paragraph! lol I feel for them... What a PITA this year has been for many of them.
          Jameskey
          • 3 Years Ago
          @4gasem
          My grammar can suck the exhaust of a diesel truck, but some things are just distracting I guess. Anyway - I hope Japan will be OK.
      4 String
      • 3 Years Ago
      *Scratches head* They don't seem to ever catch a break, do they?
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        Georgie Porgie
        • 3 Years Ago
        You are why we need to practice selective sterilization.
        Thor
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ Phillip Please, enlighten me. When was Japan ever under Chinese rule for them to have to secede in the first place? I seem to have missed that one while both learning and teaching history.
        clquake
        • 3 Years Ago
        Even if they were part of China, how would that prevent these disasters? I haven't seen a way to prevent earthquakes, tsunamis, and typhoons.
        4 String
        • 3 Years Ago
        This is THE most retarded comment I've ever seen on Autoblog. When the fk did Japan secede from China? Japan may have raped/pillaged Nanjing (which should be a part of your little idiotic karma remark), but in no way was Japan ever under Chinese rule. Waaaaay back, Japan was to China what Australia was to England. People, don't associate this dude with the Chinese---lop him in with the rest of the universal, worldwide bigots/half-brains.
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      kmanning83
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't mean to imply that Japan hasn't had a shitty year, but they get hit by these typhoons annually. People are so used to them that they really aren't a big enough deal to get brought up in conversation the following day. I would bet good money that the only reason these plants are closing is because the trains don't run in the heavy winds, so none of the commuters can show up for their shifts. (Source: I lived there for a number of years.)
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