Mazda is effectively moving its factory weekends to Thursday and Friday from 1 July to 30 September to reduce week day electricity consumption in the aftermath of the  11 March earthquake/tsunami which disrupted nuclear electricity generation.

"Mazda is implementing this change in cooperation with industrywide efforts to reduce electricity consumption on weekdays," the automaker said in a statement.

"These efforts are in line with plans already announced by the Japanese Automotive Manufacturer’s Association (JAMA) in response to concern over nationwide shortages in electricity supply during the summer period."

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