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Honda, Nissan and Toyota Donate $3.75 Million Each for Earthquake Relief in Japan

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The massive earthquake followed by the even more devastating tsunami that struck the north-east coasts of Japan last week has brought together the country’s biggest automakers including Honda, Nissan and Toyota, which announced today that they will donate $3.75 million each for relief and recovery efforts in communities affected by the disaster.

In addition to the contribution in money, Nissan said it is also studying further relief efforts including complimentary provision of vehicles, such as trucks and forklifts, donation of medical supplies and daily commodities including blankets, antiseptics and masks, gift matching donation from Nissan employees, promotion, and support of blood donation activities.

Honda announced that it will donate a total of 1,000 power generators along with 5,000 gas canisters to the people left without electricity, while Toyota is considering the provision of goods and services as needed.

The three automakers have also announced the closure of some of their factories in Japan. From March 14 through March 20, Honda will suspend all production activities at its plants in Sayama, Saitama, Ogawa, Tochigi, Hamamatsu and Suzuka, plus all facilities in the Tochigi area, where damage was more serious. From March 15 through 20, Honda will also suspend production at the Kumamoto factory.

Nissan announced that operations at the Tochigi and Iwaki plants are suspended until March 18, while the Oppama, Kyushu, Shatai and Yokohama plants will be closed until March 16. As for Toyota, officials announced that the Hokkaido, Tohoku, Miyagi and Iwate plants are closed, with all employees having been evacuated to safe areas. The factories will remain closed at least until March 16.

Other automakers affected by the earthquake include Mazda, Mitsubishi, Subaru and Suzuki, which have either suspended or slowed down production because of supply shortages.

By Dan Mihalascu


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8 Comments:

Anonymous said... »March 14, 2011

I cannot help but draw a comparison between the Japanese and American car manufacturers. Even though they are facing emmence losses, they are still more than willing to give away money to help their fellow countrymen. And on the other side of the Pacific, they will do anything to get as big a bailout as possible.

Anonymous said... »March 14, 2011

Well put anonymous! Not to belittle the terrible tragedy and loss of life, the different cultural responses are telling...

Anonymous said... »March 14, 2011

Well, they are in opposite financial situations.

Anonymous said... »March 14, 2011

No, they're not. It's just that the Japanese have a sense of duty - to society and company. Something that NO golden boi understands.

Anonymous said... »March 15, 2011

This is so nice of the Big 3 of Japan! Supporting their countries devastation is a good sign that Japan's big 3 are there regardless of what happens in Japan!

Anonymous said... »March 16, 2011

Easy there... A quick search revealed that GM, Ford, and Chrysler (in addition to various made-in-America import brands) all donated similar amounts to Katrina relief back in 2005.

But yeah, don't get me started on the bailout........

Anonymous said... »March 16, 2011

Where did they donate the funds to? Which non-profits? Which agencies?

Anonymous said... »March 16, 2011

"Where did they donate the funds to? Which non-profits? Which agencies?"

Why? Do you think they faked it?

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