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Yamaha closes four factories until next week

Yamaha Motor Co. announced that its outboard motor factories (Fukuroi South, Arai and Kuramatsu) and PWC factory (Kuramatsu) in Japan will be closed today through next Wednesday.

Operating plans for the remainder of next week and beyond will be announced by Wednesday, the company said.

The company also temporarily suspended operations through the middle of next week at its motorcycle and automotive engine factories. ATV and golf cart production is suspended through Wednesday, although generator production will continue, the company said.

Yamaha said its boat factory will continue to operate as usual.

The company said it is contributing to the aid effort through the donation of water, blankets, portable toilets, surgical masks, generators and food. Yamaha also sent power-assisted electric bicycles to the stricken areas.

"Yamaha wishes to express its sincere condolences for the victims of the devastating earthquake and tsunamis that struck Japan's northeastern seaboard and to extend its deepest sympathy to the bereaved families," the company said on its website.

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