Electronics firms suspend operations in Japan again

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Fujitsu Ltd, Renesas Electronics, Sony, Elpida Memory Inc, Toshiba, Nikon and Tokyo Electron Ltd (TEL) were reportedly among several Japanese electronics firms, forced to suspend manufacturing operations at facilities following a powerful 7.1 magnitude earthquake that struck 205 miles north-northeast of Tokyo on April 7. Fujitsu suspended operations at its chip fab in Iwate prefecture, which had resumed partial operations for the first time since the original 9.0 earthquake and tsunami that rocked Japan on March 11.

Similarly, manufacturing at Renesas had also been halted by power loss at four fabs in northern Japan, including two microcontroller fabs, besides two plants of Sony in northern Japan were halted by a power cut in the region following the aftershock.

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