FILE PHOTO: A logo of Murata Manufacturing Co. is pictured at the CEATEC JAPAN 2017 (Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies) at the Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Japan, October 2, 2017. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

March 18, 2022

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s Murata Manufacturing Co Ltd said it plans to restart production on Friday at two of four factories whose operations were halted following an earthquake that jolted the country’s northeast late on Wednesday.

Kyoto-based Murata, the top global supplier of ceramic capacitors uses in smartphones and cars, said it aims to restart production at two facilities in Fukushima prefecture on Friday.

Two further factories remain out of action, a company spokesperson said, with a fire that broke out at a factory in Tome in Miyagi prefecture that produces chip inductors causing some damage to equipment.

The disruption caused by the magnitude 7.4 tremblor has shone a spotlight on Japan’s leading role in producing precision components vital for electronics and autos production when global supply chains are under COVID-19 pandemic related strain.

(Reporting by Shinji Kitamura and Sam Nussey; Editing by Stephen Coates)

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