TOKYO, Jan 20 (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp is
slowing production at as many as 12 plants in Japan because of
rising COVID-19 infections among its workers and those at parts
suppliers, it said on Thursday.
That disruption, which comes amid a shortage of
semiconductors that is already forcing it to curb output, could
cut production plans this month by about 47,000 vehicles, a
Toyota spokesperson said.
Toyota on Tuesday said it expects to fall short of an annual
target to build 9 million vehicles because it did not have
enough chips. The company's business year ends on March 31.
There has been a surge in cases of the Omicron coronavirus
variant in Japan since the start of the year. Daily coronavirus
cases on Thursday rose to a record 46,199.
(Reporting by Maki Shiraki and Tim Kelly
Editing by David Goodman)