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The Japanese automaker association will submit a proposal to operate factories in rotation by industry to cope with an expected power shortage this summer, an association official said Thursday.

The Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association will seek other industries’ cooperation by submitting the proposal to industry groups, including the Japan Business Federation (Nippon Keidanren), the nation’s largest business lobby, the official said.

Domestic automakers first came up with the idea to run their factories in rotation to cut power consumption.

But they have decided it may not be effective if many parts makers, which deliver products to several automakers, continue while carmakers halt operations.

“Though there may be some companies that engage in businesses across different industries, we believe they can coordinate their operations,” an official of the group said. “Currently, we favor having each industry rotate production rather than automakers rotating operations.”

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