From everyone here at Popular Photography and American Photo, we want to express our deepest sympathies to our industry colleagues and anyone impacted by the earthquake and Tsunami in Japan. Our hearts and thoughts go out to you all.
We will keep you updated with any news we receive pertaining to impact of this tragedy on the photography industry as a whole. In the mean time, you can aid in the relief effort by making a donation to the Red Cross.
UPDATE: (As of 6pm, March 11) Camera manufacturers Sony and Canon have both put out statements relating to operations and the wellbeing of their employees. You can read them below:
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. This is a terrible tragedy, and we extend our heartfelt condolences to those who have lost loved ones. We remain in close contact with Canon Inc., which is based in Tokyo, approximately 200 miles from the epicenter. At this time, preliminary reports are that there have been a limited amount of injuries at our Utsunomiya Office, located in Tochigi prefecture, and there has been a limited amount of damage to our facilities. Our colleagues and extended families in Japan are very much in our thoughts and we will support them in any way that we can.”
President and CEO
Sony employees who are able to walk back home were allowed to do so around 5pm. Employees commuting from a distant area are allowed to remain in the office, and stay overnight. There are still appx. 3000 employees left in our HQ building at the moment. A few railways have resumed their service just recently, so we expect this number to decrease.
We have offered our biggest meeting space on the second floor to refugees in Shinagawa district who have no way to go back home for the night. (capacity 350 people)
North Region area (Miyagi & Fukushima Prefecture):
We have six factories in total in this region: four factories in Miyagi, and two factories in Fukushima.
Among the four in Miyagi, three belong to Sony Chemical & Information Device (SCID) and one to Sony Shiraishi Semiconductor. SCID manufactures IC Card (Felica cards), Magnetic tapes, Blu-ray discs and various devices. Sony Shiraishi Semiconductor manufactures Semiconductor laser (for Blu-ray players, etc)
Two factories located in Fukushima belongs to Sony Energy Device, producing lithium Ion Rechargeable Batteries.
As was reported earlier, all employees have evacuated and they are safe. All of these six factories have halted their operation after the quake. One factory in Miyagi (SCID Tagajo-factory) was hit by the tsunami, and their ground floor is flooded. (They produce Blu-ray discs and magnetic tapes.) All employees in Tagajo factory (appx. 1000) have evacuated on the 2nd/3rd floor.
We are not able to accurately identify the damages to our factories at this moment.
Senior PR Manager