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We all know about the unfortunate events that happened in Japan and our heart and souls are with those who lost something valuable.

The question arises how Japenese auto manufacturers will be affected by it?   

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I think Toyota will be worst affected. heard that they stopped the inauguration of second plant @ Banglore.

Quake,tsunami ,Nuclear disaster, Volcano. they are having a real bad time. Lets pray for Japan.

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I do not see any nuclear disaster.

If you watch the media you will see the journalists, and the yanks going ballistic, while the Europeans are cool. the second blast was expected. Radioactivity leakage is minimal. With a 20km exclusion zone (hats off to the Japs for promptly evacuating over 170,000 people in this scenario) the levels will fall to safe levels by the time they reach the population.

We need the energy so the valid options are Thermal (coal, gas or oil) or Hydel. Imagine a Richter 9 hitting one of our Hydel dams! A tidal wave from the Himalayas to the sea.

To me what will be more worrisome will be one of the units which is fuelled not by Uranium but a Uranium-Plutonium mix. The hazard is chemical - Plutonium is possibly the most toxic element known to man. So the hazard will be chemical. Just heard on Aunty Beeb that No.3 is the one using Pu.

sgiitk2011-03-14 09:17:28

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I talked to my relatives in Japan on the day of the earth quake. They are safe. They are based in Osaka which is another 400kms further down from Tokyo. They said the earth quake was felt for more than 3 mins.

 

The scariest part of it all is that no other country is better prepared for such events than Japan. Even with their world class engineering, constructions and all other preventive measures such amounts of devastation was seen.

We can only imagine how bad it would be if such a horrid event happens in a country like ours.

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Read an article of Vaibhav Purandare in Yesterday's Hindustan Times, elaborating great patience exercised by Japanese during the time of this crisis. People lost their vehicles were walking down to their destinations and even pedestrians following traffic signals at the time of crisis without creating a caos like situation, what normally happens here. Hats off to their way of living and the discpline exercised by their nationals even at the time of great crisis. I know that they will recover soon because they have a great force of honest nationals. May god give them all courage to face this crisis.

As far as carmakers are concerned, we can see the stockyards flooded and mint new cars being destroyed on various media. Definately it may affect Kizashi imports, Brio launch, Toyota plans and much more. Wish them a speedy recovery.

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On 14 March 2011, the reactor building for Unit 3 exploded as well.TEPCO says that 6 people were injured in the blast.

On 14 March 2011, NHK News reported a Japan Meteorological Agency warning that there was a 70% probability of a new earthquake exceeding

magnitude 7.0 occurring within or near the same hypocentral region in

the following three days.

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Economic Impact:

The quake has had significant immediate impacts on businesses such as Toyota, Nissan and Honda, who completely suspended auto production until 14 March. Nippon Steel Corp. also suspended production, Toyo Tyre & Tubber Company and Sumimoto Rubber Industries shuttered their tyre and rubber production lines, while GS Yuasa closed its automotive battery production. This was expected to hinder supply availability for automakers.Sony also suspended production at all its six plants in the area, while Fuji Heavy Industries discontinued production at most of its factories in the Gumma and the Tochigi Prefectures. Other factories suspending operations include Kirin Holdings, GlaxoSmithKline(GSK), Nestle and Toyota amidst power cuts. The northern Tohoku region, which was most affected, accounts for about 8 percent of the country's GDP

as it has factories that make products such as cars and beer as well as

energy infrastructure. The factory shutdowns, power cuts and the

consequent presumed impact on consumer confidence could hurt the

national GDP for several months, although economist Michael Boskin predicts "only minimal impact on the Japanese economy overall." (source:Wikipedia)

swiftvxi062011-03-14 07:55:03

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This  earthquake in Japan has taught us one thing , never take nature for granted.

This nuclear crisis in Japan will effect India badly as the new reactors  which our being built or proposed to be built might not see the light of the day as opposition against Nuclear Industry will only grow louder.

Mr. Spock2011-03-14 09:16:19

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Heard that Japaneese people were informed few minutes before the actual event took place & afterthat they've immediately started migrating to higher areas & that've saved lives of many people.

But the situation is worsened further today after the Hydrogen blast took place at Reactor No.3 of their Nuclear powerplant but thankfully Nuclear material hasn't exposed yet.

Tokyo City at the same is also lying quiescent unlike before.

Trade & Tourism are seriously affected as Japan's only Airport(Narita International Airport) connecting Japan to India is non-functional & is unlikely to start in full swing anytime soon.

Auto Industry & machinery units trade are the most affected ones.

An Island is displaced from its natural position by 8feet & Earthquake mania haven't stopped till today, since last 24 hrs they've recieved 90 quakes & recent one was of 6.8 RS Intensity.

God help the land n residents of Japan & our sympathies are with them from the core of our hearts.dr_nishu2011-03-14 12:05:34

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God has shown his horrific side to Japan. The devastating earthquake

and tsunami that hit Japan last week has crippled its entire economy.

Nature has made its point and the Indian Auto market has also felt the

tremors of this disaster.

  • Brio Delayed

The much awaited Honda Brio, which was supposed to be showcased on March 17, has been delayed indefinitely by Honda Siel India.

The company said -

In light of the recent devastating earthquake that hit

Japan, causing massive damage to life and property, Honda Siel Cars

India has postponed the Honda Brio India preview event scheduled to be

held on March 17, 2011

  • Toyota

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one of the units which is fuelled not by Uranium but a Uranium-Plutonium mix. The hazard is chemical - Plutonium is possibly the most toxic element known to man. So the hazard will be chemical. Just heard on Aunty Beeb that No.3 is the one using Pu.

Now 3 reactors blasted including the NO:3 stated above. So are they hiding news of any upcoming bigger consequences.

 

Lets all pray the almighty to stop his anger on Japanese.

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The biggest threat now is No.4 - which is a storage facility.

As per a Greenpeace consultant on BBC while No.3 is spewing out steam, No. 4 is apparently on fire. A bigger threat of activity leaks. Now there are doubts about 5 & 6. He also said that everybody (even Greenpeace) planned for single unit failures and not multiple unit failures. Also, he gave the reason why Uncle Sam is worried - it was a GE design which has been used.

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It has been classified by French atomic commission as level 6 nuclear disaster next only to Chernobyl.The French Govt. is evacuating all its people from Japan.The radiation has seeped into water supply of the town close to reactor

All USA Military personnel is being supplied with KI to protect from radiation.

US bases close to nuclear reactor having ten and thousands of personnel

have been asked o stay Indoor.Meanwhile rescuers from USA, UK have descended on Japan and US military are carrying fresh water, coolant to

these

towns close to reactor and the reactor.Many People are leaving Japan, as distress grows.the Japanese Emperor made a rare TV appearance today.The Japanese Govt might seek help of US military  though no announcement has been made in this regard

The Indian Govt. is under pressure from activists, people to stop building of Nuclear reactor in Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra(Read Alphonso Belt of India).Sources in Indian Nuclear establishment Admitted to their helplessness in case a similar event happened in India with a disaster magnitude more than even Chernobyl.

The declassified reports from Soviet Union , revealed that, IAEA actively suppressed reports radiation cloud from Chernobyl  affected France, and western countries  following Chernobyl incident and compared with how it is downplaying Japan nuclear crisis,Ironically  next month will mark 25th anniversary of Chernobyl accident.Many green activist have lambasted the nuclear Industry for poor track record and Russian premier has asked for audit of all reactors in Russia.

{All the news from following sources -RT, PBS. BBC , Panorama,Declassified,CNN.Times.nine network,france 24,Al - jazeera  , ABC,CBS,NHKWorld}

Mr. Spock2011-03-16 12:23:45

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Global carmakers fear Japanese parts shortages

By Jorn Madslien Business reporter, BBC News

Japan has stopped producing both cars and components for export and it is

not yet clear what impact this will have abroad

With Japanese carmakers closing their factories following the earthquake

and tsunami, investors instantly wanted out. So on Monday the value of shares

in Japanese automotive companies tumbled as investors started selling up.

Initially, many of them bought shares in carmakers elsewhere in the world

instead - based on the logic that non-Japanese automotive firms would fill the

gap left by Japanese carmakers unable to deliver.

"Hyundai and Ford now are good substitutes for Toyota's cars, and

even more so, Caterpillar tractors made in China can replace Komatsu's land

movers," according to Peter Morici, a business professor at the University

of Maryland.

"Globalisation offers Japan's export customers alternatives they

might not have enjoyed a decade or two ago."

Parts shortages loom

But during such a crisis as this, globalisation also poses enormous

problems.

"Whole communities that have supported many of these

plants have been uprooted or are still unaccounted for

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1. I do not see any nuclear disaster.

 

2. If you watch the media you will see the journalists' date=' and the yanks going ballistic.....


[/quote']

 

Wrong in both the cases. Read the news below which shows the real scenario.

 

US, UK tells citizens to leave Japan, NOW!:  

Along with the US, the UK too says it is alarmed over the threat of a nuclear disaster hovering over Japan.

The UK is drawing up plans to evacuate every British national in Japan with thousands warned to leave Tokyo and all other areas under threat of radiation poisoning.

The dailymail.co.uk reports that Britain remained suspicious that the crisis at the ***ushima plant, already ranked the second-worst nuclear disaster after Chernobyl, is worse than the Japanese authorities have publicly let on.

Yesterday 'last-ditch' efforts were continuing at ***ushima to prevent a catastrophe with a Japanese army helicopter dumping water onto troubled nuclear reactor.

Japan radiation extremely high, warns US:  

The US today raised the red flag over nuclear concerns in Japan.

The chairman of the United StatesNuclear Regulatory Commissiongave a far bleaker appraisal of the threat posed by Japan's nuclear crisis than the Japanese government had offered.

He said American officials believed that the damage to at least one crippled reactor was much more serious than Tokyo had acknowledged, and he advised Americans to stay much farther away from the plant than the perimeter established by Japanese authorities, reports the New York Times.

The situation has been thoroughly studied by Radioactive Research Scientists from the United States and they have raised serious health concerns.

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Drifty: When did I post - March 14 and today is the 17th? Fast moving events can lead to rapid change in the scenario.I still say that I will rather live in Tarapur (similar design) than in Bhopal or just downstream from a dam.

sgiitk2011-03-17 06:35:21

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Drifty: When did I post - March 14 and today is the 17th? Fast moving events can lead to rapid change in the scenario.

Completely agree with sgiitk sir on this issue.The problem is that all the news is censored by Japanese Govt. regarding this crisis leading to intense speculation, so truth or real problem is hidden.

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Drifty: When did I post - March 14 and today is the 17th? Fast moving events can lead to rapid change in the scenario

What I meant was Wrong Prediction!

Latest news is that Water Canons have been put to work to make up for the water loss in the coolant tanks and they are doing their job well as of now. Another risk cover measure being taken is high availability of boric acid which is known to have strong effect on fast moving neutrons and stop the nuclear reaction if anything starts accidently.

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Was reading on a German website that they are checking the Lufthansa planes returning from Japan, for radioactivity. The result is negative.

As Indians we are very sympathetic and feel very sad at the turn of events in Japan. During our lifetime we have never seen such a catastrophe in Japan ever! The Hiroshima tragedy took place when  all of us on this forum were not born.

I had worked with the Japanese for a few weeks on two occasions (here in India) and found them much to be better human beings as compared to many other foreigners who look down upon us as a race.The Japanese are quite humble, have dignity of labour (do all sorts of menial jobs if need be), are very, very hard working and are great nationalists.They are great businessmen too. Their love for their motherland is to be seen to be believed.

Restoring the country to normalcy will be their priority. They will do so soon. Their resilience is terrific! The Hiroshima bombing reduced Japan to ashes in the 1940's and by the 1990's they had become the second largest economic power in the world after the US. Its only in 2010 that China has emerged as the no. 2, displacing Japan to no. 3 due to the global recession and low demand for their products worldwide.

We are also talking about the tsunami-quake disaster's effect  on our market and the cars. Well I read that even the Alto has a few components imported from Japan.The Fortuner, Camry, Kizashi and many other models are made with nearly fully imported kits or as CBU's as we all know.

Suzuki's Hammamatsu plant is safe but they say the ancillary industries are spread out over long distances. The Suzuki headquarters was to review the situation and come out with facts.

Perhaps by next week the picture will be clearer for most automobile manufacturers.

But lets all pray that the impending nuclear catastrophe will get away causing the least damage to a ravaged nation.Our heartfelt sympathies are on a 24 X 7 basis  with the Japanese!

anjan_c20072011-03-17 17:32:24

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Food items from Japan to be tested for radiation

NEW DELHI: Food items imported into India from Japan will be tested for radiation before entering the country in the wake of fears that radioactive materials from Japan's damaged nuclear power plant may have contaminated food products.

"The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India at Indian ports, airports have been asked to get food originating from Japan after March 11 to be tested for radiation," the health ministry said on Tuesday.

Customs officials will carry out a similar test at all points where food items are imported, it said. The radioactive material can get washed down by rain into the sea and onto soil, and eventually contaminate crops, marine life, drinking water and cow's milk. A massive earthquake hit Japan on Friday followed by a tsunami, leaving thousands dead.

Source: ET http://goo.gl/pKKqf

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As Indians we are very sympathetic and feel very sad at the turn of events in Japan. During our lifetime we have never seen such a catastrophe in Japan ever! The Hiroshima tragedy took place when  all of us on this forum were not born.

My grandfather narrated the whole events of Hiroshima and its aftermath' date=' it was an eye opener for me.

I had worked with the Japanese for a few weeks on two occasions (here in India) and found them much to be better human beings as compared to many other foreigners who look down upon us as a race.

Yes Sir you  are  correct in this respect but there is other view in korea and China which I feel better left in pages of History as it is unwise to discuss at this juncture.

 

 

The Hiroshima bombing reduced Japan to ashes in the 1940's and by the 1990's they had become the second largest economic power in the world after the US. Its only in 2010 that China has emerged as the no. 2' date=' displacing Japan to no. 3 due to the global recession and low demand for their products worldwide.[/quote']

The 1923 great kanto earthquake though can't compared to today's crisis

Japan. changed the way the world see Japan.Iconic brand like Honda owes

its existence to this Earthquake of 1923, had it not for this 1923

earthquake.Mr Honda would have never learned the art of making and

repairing engines or give rise to Honda which become dominant in WW2 and continues till this day.

The rise of Japan as Economic Super Power  was due to Korean War of 1950-53.My grandfather recounted as to how USA poured money into Nissan, Toyota ( and many companies)so that it can not only restart its factory and provide employment but also produce products quickly for war effort.Also this gave rise to electronic giants like Sony which got rights to use transistor from Bell Labs, USA as part of concession given by USA to Japan in early 1950s to 60s

What I mean to say , every

event has a silverlining  , maybe this crisis may give rise to new

mavericks from Japan who may change the way we live and depend on

oil/Nuclear Fission

lets all pray that the impending nuclear catastrophe will get away causing the least damage to a ravaged nation.Our heartfelt sympathies are on a 24 X 7 basis  with the Japanese!

+ 1

in this hour and every hour let us pray that it all comes to an end and even our enemies never face such a thing.

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