TOKYO (Reuters) -- Toyota Motor Corp. halted production on Monday morning at 12 plants in central Japan due to a typhoon that hit the area.
The 12 plants, which include four vehicle factories as well as engine and automotive parts plants, are all in Aichi prefecture in central Japan. Nissan Motor Corp. halted production at its Oppama plant.
Honda Motor Co. said it suspended output at its Suzuka and Hamamatsu plants on Monday due to the typhoon.
Mitsubishi Motors Corp. also planned to halt production at its Okazaki plant in central Japan on Monday morning and afternoon, spokesman Manabu Yamanishi said.
Suzuki Motor Corp. and Mazda Motor Corp. plan to operate their factories as usual, company spokesmen said.
Typhoon Phanfone, which was downgraded from an earlier status of a super typhoon, moved northeast at 25 kph (16 mph) towards central and eastern Japan after lashing parts of the Kyushu and Okinawa islands, the Japan Meteorological Agency said on Sunday.
The storm brushed past the capital, Tokyo, and by early afternoon on Monday was out over the Pacific, leaving behind skies clear enough that Mount Fuji was clearly visible to the southwest.
The typhoon lashed Japan with torrential rain on Monday after killing at least one person, forcing the cancellation of flights and prompting warnings to more than 200,000 people to evacuate their homes before heading out to sea.
Three U.S. servicemen were swept away by high waves lashing the southwestern island of Okinawa on Sunday as Phanfone approached. One was found dead and two were missing. A surfer was swept out to sea.