Nikon would like to express its profound sympathy and condolences to the victims of the tragic earthquake in Northern Japan on March 11. No Nikon employees are reported dead or seriously injured although we are continuing to gather safety information on our personnel and family members.
Our group companies, including Sendai Nikon Corporation, Miyagi Nikon Precision Co. Ltd., Tochigi Nikon Corporation, Tochigi Nikon Precision Co., Ltd. and other subsidiaries as well as our plants suffered damage to some equipment and buildings (there is no serious damage to the buildings such as whole or half collapse). We are suspending operations there and continuing to evaluate further details of the damage. We are unable at this time to announce how soon the operations will resume due to the regional interruption of life-lines.
Nikon has set up an Emergency Headquarters for Disaster Control headed by the President (as of March 11th) and is currently endeavoring to normalize our business as early as possible through our BCM (Business Continuity Management) teams established in each in-house company