Issue No.58 (March 2011)

Greater Nagoya Means Greater Business Opportunities

Report: Tohoku Pacific Earthquake Report and Actions taken by GNI Members
According to the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Overview of the Tohoku Pacific Ocean earthquake is as follows.


Around 14:46 of March 11, massive earthquakes with the magnitude of 9.0 struck Sanriku Coast, Japan. Waves of tsunami of more than 7 meters swept cities and villages of Tohoku district off the Pacific Ocean, causing devastating human as well as physical damages. Tokyo also observed tremors with a seismic intensity of 5-strong, but damage there was relatively modest. Aftershocks still persist, particularly in Tohoku district.


The Government of Japan immediately set up its emergency headquarters with Prime Minister Kan at the helm, making all-out efforts for search and rescue as well as for reconstructing various lifelines, in liaison with all government bodies and local governments.


Sympathies have been expressed and assistance offered from around the world. By March 17, rescue teams from 14 countries and regions as well as a United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team have arrived Japan and started operating. Also, the U.S. Forces in Japan are extending assistance.


The earthquake and tsunami resulted in emergency situations including failure of the reactor-cooling systems in TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Company)’s nuclear power stations in Fukushima Prefecture. Responses have been taken with regards to these situations.


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been undertaking coordination with respect to acceptance of foreign rescue teams, etc., communication with the diplomatic corps and the foreign press corps, and confirmation of the safety of foreign nationals, among other measures. Japan’s overseas missions are accepting relief money from private organizations, etc., of foreign countries.

Tohoku district -off the Pacific Ocean Earthquake

Greater Nagoya area did not suffer almost any direct damage from the disaster in the north, and daily life is as usual. However, many business operations including those of Toyota Motor Corporation and other companies in this region have been affected.

Greater Nagoya Initiative has received so many messages of concern and encouragement from our colleagues and related business associates in various countries, and we are most grateful for all the support that we have been shown.

Please understand that under these circumstances, some projects will be temporarily postponed or delayed because of the disaster. Aside from these projects, Greater Nagoya Initiative Center will remain and continue to support non-Japanese companies who need to establish or relocate their business.

We apologize in advance for any inconvenience these measures may cause.
Please feel free to contact us at the Greater Nagoya Initiative if you have questions about the area and its businesses.

GNIC would like to offer our deepest condolences to all who are affected by this catastrophe.

We also hope and pray that the people in the troubled area will be able to return to their normal lives quickly and that the region will recover quickly.

Supporting Actions taken by GNI Member Organizations:

Aichi Prefecture


Residential opening for Tohoku Pacific Earthquake evacuee
(Japanese Language)

Gifu Prefecture


Donation window for Tohoku Pacific Earthquake
(Japanese Language)

Mie Prefecture


Donating supplies to those affected by the Tohoku Pacific Earthquake
Recent Report on Earthquake and Tsunami Disaster

Nagoya City


Multi lingual earthquake information site
Multilingual hotline operation for foreign victims in the Tohoku Pacific Earthquake

Gifu Prefecture


JETRO Nagoya:
JETRO has established an emergency hotline for foreign companies in Japan who have business concerns/difficulties due to the Tohoku Pacific Earthquake. The consultation is limited to international business issues and items related to company operations in Japan (e.g. tax accounting issues, human resources, etc.).

Contact: JETRO Invest Japan Department
(TEL: +81 (0)3-3582-4684 / Email:

Donation for Tohoku Pacific Earthquake:


Japan Red Cross (English)

[Issued by] Greater Nagoya Initiative Center(GNIC)
[Address] Greater Nagoya Initiative Center(GNIC)
Nagoya Center Bldg., Annex 8th Floor,
2-22-2 Nishiki, Naka-ku, Nagoya,
Aichi, Japan 460-0003
[Contact] Kiyono Sumi / Assistant Manager
[TEL] +81-52-223-7340
[FAX] +81-52-223-7341