Industry Representatives in Japan Struggle
to Recover Following Earthquake
March 15, 2011
As those throughout Japan are struggling to recover after last weeks
earthquake and tsunami, those within the glass industry there are
doing the same.
Two glass manufacturers in the country have announced major donations
to the recovery effort there. Asahi Glass Co. Ltd. (AGC) has announced
that it is donating $3.7 million to help recovery efforts
in communities affected by the earthquake and tsunamis that hit
In addition, the AGC Group will assess the need in the affected
areas and provide
necessary in-kind donation, the company adds. The Group
will provide every possible assistance in relief and recovery operations
in the region.
Pilkington parent NSG Group has announced it making a monetary
donation of $1.2 million to the recovery efforts.
We, NSG Group, would like to extend our deepest condolences
for those who lost their lives in the Tohoku Pacific Offshore Earthquake
in Japan and convey our sincere sympathies to those who were affected
in the disaster areas, writes the company in its statement
announcing the donation.
Misako Nakatani of GlasWeld Japan Co. Ltd., based in Kyoto City,
provided an eye-witness account of what shes seen and endured
over the last several days. Nakatani was in Tokyo exhibiting at
a home show when the earthquake struck. I couldnt stand
up on the floor, she says.
And the days following have seen further devastation. After
that all traffic is confused, all restaurant are closed, the food
[has] become dissatisfied, and the gasoline dissatisfied,
I came back to Kyoto by thinking barely.
Nakatanis home, fortunately, is approximately 460 miles from
where the earthquake struck, she says. But East Japan is the
worst situation in the world now, she adds. Everyday
is continued the aftershock, the tsunami, [and] the damage of explosion
from the meltdown in the nuclear plant now. The biggest problem
is victims water, food and spiritual aspect.
Red Cross is one of several groups providing assistance to the
recovery efforts, along with an organization called InterAction.
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