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Another Japan-based company, Epson, reported no casualties but noted that four of its facilities have been affected, including its Epson Atmix Corp. facilitiy in Hachinohe, Aomori Prefecture, which was hit by a one-meter wave of water.
Three other buildings sustained damage and power outages as a result of the disaster, the company said in a statement. One plant is about 10 miles from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant and within the government-mandated evacuation area.
"As yet we do not know when operations will be resumed," the company wrote.
Epson also announced a donation of 100 million yen to assist earthquake victims and said it was cancelling Color Imaging Exhibition 2010 event scheduled for Tokyo March 19-21.
Toshiba did not detail its facility closures but said said it planned to cut electricity consumption by opereating only businesses related to essential services. "Any other measures beyond those taken today will be notified in due course," the company said in a statement. Panasonic also has not detailed how it is affected by the earthquake but the company pledged 300 million yen, 10,000 radio and flashlights each, and 500,000 batteries to aid victims.
Last Friday, several analyst firms speculated that the quake and tsunami could disrupt semiconductor supplies and raise prices.