Definitely a great come back by the japanese industries, this is one example that iterates the problems always make you tougher and stronger. So probably from now on these Japanese companies will have the best system in place to recover from any disaster.
I read today that the Japanese stock market had taken a 20+ % pummelling since the earthquake but the signs are there that the recovery is truly underway and if anything Japan will come out stronger than before. In my own business I am seeing a lot more activity in Japan again, especially in those companies that do significant business with China. Might be a good time to invest in Japan.
It sounds like Fujitsu's distributed manufacturing stratregy relly helped them maintain production levels while they work on recovery at the damaged facility. Does anyone know if the damaged plant was hit by the tsunami in addition to the earthquake? In any case, it is amazing that they were back in production by June.
While Japan's electronics industry seems to be making great strides, there has been some recent political fallout. AP reports that Japan's disaster recovery minister has resigned after making offensive remarks during a visit to Iwate.
Japan is an amazing country. Last day I read about the speed at which they are recovering. The Japanese Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry says that industrial production is up a good percentage (5.7 in May) when compared with the previous months. I think it is a fast recovery for a country that was hit by such a natural disaster.
It also says rise is contributed by transport equipment, general machinery and chemicals excluding drugs. Also large and small passenger cars and large trucks are the main commodities supporting production growth.
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