Japan's Rising AnxietyKaren Lowry Miller
On the island of Kyushu in southern Japan, dozens of multijointed robots twirl, bend, and bow as they turn out Pulsars at Nissan Motor Co.'s latest high-tech assembly line. But with domestic auto sales in the pits, the robotic ballet is proceeding in slow motion. Opened in June, the plant is producing just 166 cars a day, or 25% of its capacity. Nissan fears it may take as long as a year before the plant is running at full speed.
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