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“I don’t know what Apple’s reliance on Japanese manufacturing is,” said another Apple partner, David Doyle, vice-president of sales at Vancouver-based Simply Computing. “If Apple does rely on Japan, then they’re going to feel it because normal work isn’t happening.”
Doyle said he spent seven years in Japan and has several friends and family members who live there, many of whom have left temporarily due to the gravity of the situation. “It’s much more disruptive than we’d imagine,” Doyle said. “It’s affecting people who are normally productive, electronics companies have cancelled travel for all employees, and foreign nationals are getting out.”
Meanwhile, various online reports say suppliers are facing problems with employee absences due to interruptions in the transportation system, as well as the supply of electricity.