Toyota Chief Executive Akio Toyoda is promising that the Japanese auto industry will seek to protect jobs worldwide, as it braces to overcome the unfolding crisis set off by the coronavirus pandemicBy YURI KAGEYAMA AP Business WriterApril 10, 2020, 7:00 AM2 min readTOKYO — Toyota Chief Executive Akio Toyoda promised Friday that the Japanese auto industry would seek to protect jobs worldwide as it endures the coronavirus pandemic. Toyoda, speaking as head of the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, said he was worried the Japanese economy might be destroyed before the world can win the fight against the sickness caused by COVID-19. “If our hospitals get overloaded to the point of devastation, then Japan may never be able to recover,” Toyoda said on an online news conference. The group that brings together Japanese automakers, including Nissan Motor Co. and Honda Motor Co., and also parts makers, will set up a special fund to help those laid off find jobs, Toyoda said. Toyoda said the biggest threat to the industry is the potential loss of skilled workers with their manufacturing and engineering finesse. After World War II, Toyota made pots and pans and grew potatoes on farms, Toyoda said, emphasizing automakers’ determination

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