Desperate times are spurring desperate measures at Toyota.
For the first time in its history, the world's largest automaker is idling all 12 of its Japanese factories simultaneously as it struggles to slash production amid tumbling sales and exports.
The four assembly plants and eight parts plants will close for 11 days in February and March, affecting about 35,000 workers. And Toyota already had scheduled a three-day shutdown of 11 of those plants this month.
Toyota didn't say how many units would be cut.
The announcement was further proof that the U.S. market crash is hurting the Japanese at home. About 45 percent of the vehicles Toyota sells in the United States are made in Japan — and Toyota's U.S. sales plunged 36.7 percent in December.
Last month, the company said it would report its first operating loss since 1938 — about $1.65 billion — in the fiscal year that ends March 31.