Shanghai Lockdown Causes Toyota to Halt Production at 8 Plants

Toyota Motor Corp. will suspend the operation of 14 production lines across eight factories in Japan for nearly one week later this month as part of the Japanese automaker’s effort to cope with a microchip shortage caused by a month-plus Chinese coronavirus lockdown of Shanghai, China, Kyodo News reported Wednesday.

Workers assemble fourth generation Toyota Prius cars on the production line at the company's Tsutsumi assembly plant in Toyota City, Aichi prefecture on December 8, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Toshifumi KITAMURA (Photo credit should read TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP via Getty Images)

China: Lockdown Victims Running Out of Food While Regime Worries About Computer Chips

Chinese Communist Party authorities have seemingly prioritized microchips over hungry citizens this week, according to two reports published by the state-run Global Times on Tuesday, which reveal the Party ensured semiconductor production continued unabated in Shanghai during its latest lockdown to contain the Chinese coronavirus while simultaneously failing to provide sufficient food to residents of northeastern China’s Changchun city during its own lockdown.

Shoppers rummage through empty shelves in a supermarket before a lockdown as a measure against the Covid-19 coronavirus in Shanghai on March 29, 2022.

Taiwan Claims Malfunction, Not Sabotage, Behind Giant Blackout

An electricity blackout that affected nearly 5.5 million households and businesses across Taiwan on Thursday was caused by a “human error” that resulted in an equipment malfunction at a power plant managed by the state-run Taiwan Power Co. (Taipower), Taiwan government officials announced late Thursday local time.

The Taipei 101 tower, once the worlds tallest building, and the Taipei skyline, are pictured from the top of Elephant Mountain on January 7, 2020 in Taipei, Taiwan. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)