Japan Firms Weigh Leaving China as Virus Wreaks Havoc

Kyodo file photo taken in April 2019 shows a Honda Motor Co. car plant in China's Wuhan

TOKYO (Kyodo) — Japanese manufacturers have started to move production out of China as it is feared the deadly coronavirus outbreak could prolong plant closures in the country and wreak havoc on supply chains.

Reallocating production outside of China means a temporary surge in costs and is not an easy decision to make, but some companies cannot afford to wait until the crisis is contained, analysts said.

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