By Max Clarke

Operations at several Sony Corporation and Sony Group sites and facilities by the Pacific Coast have been affected by the Tohoku Earthquake and tsunami. Japanese tech giant Sony is monitoring the status of each of these sites on an on-going basis, and considering the most effective recovery measures.

Responding to the widespread power outages affecting Japan, Sony has suspended operations at several sites; though as yet no serious injuries have been reported from employees working at any of the sites near areas affected by the disasters.

The company is currently evaluating the full impact of the earthquake, tsunami and related power outages on Sony's businesses and consolidated financial results.

As of 11:00 am, March 14 (JST), manufacturing operations have been suspended at the following affected production sites:

 ・Sony Chemical & Information Device Corporation,
  ・Tagajyo Plant (Miyagi Prefecture)
  ・Tome Plant, Nakada/Toyosato Sites (Miyagi Prefecture) < Optical devices, IC cards etc.>
 ・Sony Shiroishi Semiconductor Inc. (Miyagi Prefecture)
 ・Sony Energy Devices Corporation, Koriyama Plant (Fukushima Prefecture)
 ・Sony Energy Devices Corporation, Motomiya Plant (Fukushima Prefecture)
 ・Sony Manufacturing Systems Corporation, Kuki Plant (Saitama Prefecture)
 ・Sony DADC Japan Inc., Ibaraki Facility (Ibaraki Prefecture)

In addition to these manufacturing sites, Sony Corporation's Sendai Technology Center (Tagajyo, Miyagi) has ceased operation due to earthquake damage. While certain production sites in Japan other than those listed above have been moderately affected, there has been no report of employee injury or facility damage, and operations otherwise continue.

Possible damage at other Sony Group companies in Japan is currently being reviewed. Additionally, Sony Chemical & Information Devices Corporation, Kanuma Plant , Sony Energy Devices Corporation, Tochigi Plant and Sony Corporation Atsugi Technology Center temporarily suspended operations on a voluntary basis, in order to reduce power consumption.