I’m really fortunate to have visited Japan many times in the past, and have worked alongside many colleagues from Japan during my time at Canon. It’s heart breaking to see the images of Japan after the quake, tsunami and now nuclear disaster. My thoughts are with my friends and former colleagues at this time. Fortunately through the internet I have heard good news that all the folks I know are safe, however for some the agony is waiting to find out about their relatives in areas close to Sendai particularly.

Canon Europe has issued a statement about the events and the effects on it’s staff and factories.

‘Canon can confirm that the Canon Inc headquarters and the Canon Group Subsidiary locations in Japan did not suffer major damage to any buildings or factories as a result of today’s earthquake and tsunami.

‘In one location, Canon Utsunomiya, approximately 12 employees suffered minor injuries and in some Canon manufacturing sites production was suspended as a result of power failures.

‘Canon is currently assessing the situation regarding the impact of the earthquake on production.

‘Our thoughts are with our colleagues and customers in Japan and here in Europe who have friends and family there.’

source: Amateur Photographer

The Utsonomiya plant is the production place of the Canon EF lenses and other optical products, it’s located about midway between Tokyo and the nuclear plants at Fukushima.

I’ve also heard that many photojournalists are travelling to Japan to record the images of the aftermath of the earthquake, please take care guys. One such photo journalist and DSLR film maker is my friend Dan Chung who is normally based in Beijing. Dan managed to get from China to Korea and in to Japan earlier today. You can follow Dan on the ground when he puts updates on his twitter account.

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