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Japan Update

(March 2011) posted on Thu Mar 17, 2011

Industry companies with ties to Japan work to respond to earthquake crisis.

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“Limited public transportation has created a lack of production at Mutoh’s headquarters in Shinagawa, Tokyo, factory in Suwa, Nagano, and regional office in northeastern Japan. Due to the limited damage Mutoh’s offices received, production will go back to normal as soon as possible.”

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the residents of Japan and to the families of the victims,” says Brian Phipps, general manager of Mutoh America Inc. “We are grateful that our colleagues are safe and our offices received limited damage.”

Roland Corporation reports that there are no casualties among Roland Group employees, and it “has no damage to all the factories in Shizuoka and Nagano and all the offices, and are continuing normal operations.”

“We are currently investigating the effects of the earthquake on our business performance. We will make an announcement immediately when the major impact on our business results is anticipated,” the company reports.

“Roland extends its condolences for the victims of the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan, and extend sits sincerest sympathies to the bereaved families….”

In a March 22 press release, Dave Goward, president and CEO of Roland DGA stated, "All of our Roland facilities, our personnel (including those from Roland DGA) and their families are accounted for and are safe. We do have a local sales office located in Sendai where the earthquake occurred and, although largely unaffected, it is presently closed while local personnel attend to more urgent matters."

"Other than a few shipments that were in process and delayed slightly, production and lead times remain on schedule. Ground transportation, shipping ports and airports south of Tokyo are reportedly unaffected. We continue to monitor the situation closely."

"The earthquake and tsunami in Japan, along with the unfolding nuclear crisis, are unprecedented in our time. Thank you to so many of you who have reached out to inquire about our employees and Japanese associates."