Due to tensions in South Korea, business travel to the country of the employees or officials of Honda Motor Co., Mazda Motor Corp. and Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. has been suspended. Keitaro Yamamoto, a Tokyo-based spokesman at Honda, said that the company will “closely watch the situation” and will have to make a decision on what it will do for tomorrow.
He revealed that there are two employees at Honda’s office in South Korea. Artillery shells were fired by North Korea at the South Korean island of Yeonpyeong close to the disputed border between the two countries.
This is considered to be the worst attack on South Korea within the last few months, killing two soldiers and setting houses on fire in the area.
Sho Aoyama, a Mazda spokesman, said that business trips to Korea have been halted until the political situation is stabilized. On the other hand, Japan's largest and third-largest automakers (Toyota Motor Corp. and Nissan Motor Co.) have yet to suspend travel.
Shiori Hashimoto, a Tokyo-based company spokeswoman for Toyota, said that Toyota is complying with Japan's foreign ministry's safety alert calling for caution and will continue to keep a close watch on the situation.
Mitsuru Yonekawa, a Yokohama-based spokesman for Nissan, said that it has yet to sense any impact from the attack and so sales in South Korea will continue. [via autonews - sub. required]