Toyota President: “We’ve Already Breached Our Limits by Manufacturing in Japan”

Toyota President: “We’ve Already Breached Our Limits by Manufacturing in Japan”
Yomiuri Shimbun: トヨタ社長「日本で物づくり、限界超えた」
June 11, 2011

Japanese industry’s dissatisfaction over electricity shortages is strengthening.

At a press conference on the 10th, Toyota President Akio Toyoda pleaded for “stable supply, safety, and secure distribution.” The president expressed fear that because of electrical shortages and the strong yen, the company “has already breached its limits by manufacturing in Japan.”

Other companies are rumbling about moving their operations from eastern Japan to the western side of the country.

NTT Data is already planning to move several thousand of its servers from Tokyo to Kansai, but because of the government’s electricity-saving measures, “from now, it will look into moving these operations abroad.”

Toshiba is also moving west – for example, it is transferring some of its semiconductor production from Iwate to Himeji – but it said cryptically, “This is only an emergency action. We will discuss our official response in the future.”

For more information: Toyota plays good cop-bad cop currency kabuki by Hans Greimel, Asia editor for Automotive News

Original/原稿:

トヨタ社長「日本で物づくり、限界超えた」

 電力不足の広がりに産業界は懸念を強めている。

 トヨタ自動車の豊田章男社長は10日、記者団に対して「安定供給、安全、安心な電力供給をお願いしたい」と訴えた。円高に加えて電力不足が広がる現状に、「日本でのものづくりが、ちょっと限界を超えたと思う」と危機感を漏らした。

 東日本から西日本へ生産や事業を移す動きを進めている企業も動揺している。

 NTTデータは、首都圏のデータセンターにある自社のサーバー数千台を関西地域のデータセンターに移転させる計画だったが、関電の節電要請を受け、「今後、海外を含めて移転先を再検討する」としている。

 東芝も岩手県内で生産していた半導体の一部を兵庫県の姫路半導体工場などで代替生産するなど西日本シフトを進めているが、「あまりに急な動きだ。対応をこれから検討する」と戸惑う。
(2011年6月11日10時04分 読売新聞)

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