Nissan Motor will cut vehicle production in Japan by 70% in May and 43% in June, according to documents seen by the Reuters news agency.

Nissan last week said it would shut its global headquarters in Japan for 16 days until early May to contain the spread of the coronavirus, even though the government had permitted keeping workplaces open to get the economy running.

Nissan said then 15,000 employees at its headquarters in Yokohama and main research and development centre in nearby Atsugi, Kanagawa Prefecture, would be required to take leave for 16 days from today (27 April) and for Japan's 'Golden Week' holiday which starts on 4 May.

Its headquarters would be closed to all but essential workers but those affected would receive "the majority" of their full salaries during the period.

The measures were aimed at keeping more than 90% of the employees away from its offices, up from 80% before the move.