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FUKUOKA (Kyodo) Toyota Motor Kyushu Inc. employees on Tuesday started painting a steam locomotive on display at a coal museum in Miyawaka, Fukuoka Prefecture, as part of its corporate social responsibility activities.

Toyota wants to use such activities to help maintain employment in view of production cuts amid the deepening recession, company officials said, adding the employees mobilized for the paint work will be paid.

Shifts have been cut from two to one at one of Toyota’s two Kyushu factories. Toyota will end the dispatch of employees for corporate social responsibility activities in mid-March before the factory resumes normal operations in April.

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