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Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation is cutting its production by about two-fifths this month due to lack of important vehicle parts from Japan.

Mitsubishi is implementing a three-day workweek from today until the end of May after a temporary shutdown in the last two weeks of April, a company official said. Mitsubishi used to have a five-day workweek with a single shift per day.

Locally-assembled Mitsubishis are the Adventure utility vehicles, L300 vans, Lancer EX sedans and Canter trucks. Other Mitsubishi models sold in the Philippines are from Thailand. Almost half of the vehicles Mitsubishi Motors Philippines sell are made here.

Production has been affected, however, by the limited supply of completely knocked-down kits from Mitsubishi Philippines' parent company as its supplier of electronic control units is located near Fukushima, which was badly hit by the March 11 disasters in Japan.

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