"Japan is quite fragile - there are three plates under the Pacific” - JAPIA managing director, Takehide Takahashi

"Japan is quite fragile - there are three plates under the Pacific” - JAPIA managing director, Takehide Takahashi

Japan's Auto Parts Industries Association (JAPIA) says further earthquakes in the country could occur "at any time," although significant lessons have been taken on board since the last major eruption in 2011.

Three years ago, Japan suffered a massive seismic upheaval, known as the Great Tohoku Earthquake, measuring 8.8 and causing a gargantuan tsunami resulting in thousands of deaths.

"Japan is quite fragile because there are three plates under the Pacific," JAPIA  vice chairman executive managing director, Takehide Takahashi, told just-auto, at the Paris Motor Show. "We may have - at any time - a big earthquake. No-one can say when and where but it is widely believed Japan may suffer from a big earthquake again.

"We have learned a lot. I hope we do everything better than that time - we can handle it. It is easier than before - our global production systems will be quite robust I believe.

"Diversification of production plants is going on. We have 1,858 overseas manufacturing subsidiaries."

The JAPIA chief also expressed hope there would not again be a "global simultaneous recession" on the scale recently witnessed in developed countries around the world.

A recent Bank of Japan survey indicated the country's economy was performing relatively well, although Takahashi noted the possibility of a sales tax hike next year on top of an increase already during 2014, which had slightly depressed car volumes.

JAPIA, which numbers 82 of its 446 members as listed companies on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, cited recent figures showing a 6.9% fall in monthly car production figures to 597,000.

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