Toyota’s Japan production will near normal in June

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Toyota’s auto production in Japan will recover to 90 percent of pre-disaster levels next month, faster than the company had projected and highlighting its power to bounce back from the disaster.

Toyota Motor Corp. gave the good news to its suppliers in a meeting Tuesday, said company spokesman Keisuke Kirimoto.

The March 11 earthquake and tsunami damaged the plants of key parts suppliers in northeastern Japan, disrupting production at all Japanese automakers.

Toyota, the world’s biggest automaker, had said earlier that production at its global factories would be at about 70 percent levels in coming months. It had not expected to return to normal levels until late this year.

By the end of May, the crisis had cost the company production of 550,000 vehicles in Japan, and another 350,000 overseas. Production had been back recently at about 50 percent.

Toyota was initially missing 150 kinds of parts because of the supplier problems, and that was reduced to 30 parts earlier this month.

Other automakers are also suffering.

Nissan Motor Co. expects worldwide production to be back at pre-disaster levels by October, and Honda has said normal production levels weren’t expected until late this year.