Japan's Rising Anxiety

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.

To continue reading this article you must be a Bloomberg Professional Service Subscriber.