After the earthquake and tsunami that ravage Japan on Friday, the nation’s electronic industry is going into a tailspin. Casio, Panasonic, Sony, Toshiba have slowed work, and product prices are already starting to escalate. Japan accounts for about fourteen per-cent of global electronics manufacturing. Many Japanese giants announced some plants’ closings and delivery delays. The component market is beginning to be disrupted and product prices on the shelves could quickly sour. One of every two photographs cameras passes through Japan like camcorders, as do three-game consoles, TV sets, mobile phones. Surly, the global electronics market will not escape unscathed.
On Tuesday, Canon, Panasonic and Sony announced work stoppage at their plants near the Fukushima area. This city population has been evacuated following a series of serious incidents at a nuclear plant, threatening to release a radioactive cloud into the atmosphere. At thirty-five miles from Fukushima, Casio has halted work at its Yamagata factory, which produces cameras. Also Canon has halted production at its plant in Utsunomiya, south of Fukushima. Fujitsu, Hitachi, Nikon, Sharp, Toshiba are added on the list. At areas unaffected by nature’s elements, the lack of electricity often slows the work, if it does not stop it completely.
Some shopping centers have installed a wind turbine on the roof, and it works; also rainwater tank on the roof for flushing water, and it works; more heating and air-conditioning, but off fanlights that open and regularly renew fresh air in summer. With a few “green” ideas, you can do something during adverse times. We could remove the air-conditioning from all buildings and replace them with air flows and simple insulations. Also it is possible reducing electricity consumption without candles! It requires another education: maybe a little more “green” and less consumption.
Donations are needed. Among the components most vulnerable to higher prices, the NAND flash memory is on the frontline. Used especially by USB sticks, Smartphone, tablets or the new SSDs, their production demand was soaring. Production part has been moved to Japanese plants in China and Taiwan; still the shortage impact will be largely felt. On Tuesday, big Nippon companies’ shares have fallen at the Tokyo Stock Exchange, often by more than ten per-cents. Many giant Japanese firms have made substantial contributions by cash and products for helping with relief efforts such as batteries, flashlights and radios. Japan is digging to survive. Let’s all help and pray.