Japan disaster aftermath touches Samoa


Reports from Samoa say working hours at the country’s largest private sector employer Yazaki have been cut.<!--more-->Yazaki Samoa, which assembles automotive harnesses and components for the Australian automobile industry, relies heavily on Japanese raw materials. Australian factories further assemble these components and use it in Japanese auto facilities in Australia and also export them to Japan.

Japanese auto factories have taken a hit in the wake of the triple disaster causing a domino effect in the Japanese auto industry’s global facilities worldwide. Production has been cut back at facilities around the world.

Yazaki Samoa’s General Manager, Funefeai Oliva Va’ai, was quoted in the Samoa Observer as saying that the reduction of working hours is devastating, especially since workers needed the money.