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Wednesday, September 17 2014 @ 10:32 AM PDT

Japan Quake

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While the unfortunate consequences of the earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan that continue to dominate the front pages of nearly every news sources can seem like they are happening a world away. The repercussions of this regrettable event are still being fully realized here in the United States. The effect of the catastrophe that has befallen the Fukushima nuclear power plant and its potential impact on us here in the states could present a potential danger; the economic impact is already being felt here in the states. 
 
Being the third largest economy, an interruption in Japan’s supply chain has had a dramatic effect in a multitude of industries ranging from automotive to electronics. Though most of the initial effect is being felt at the finished assembly level, like Honda or Nissan dealers not having enough cars for the summer buying season, a greater shock is soon to be felt at the component level. Moreover, companies here in the United States are being forced to halt production or even close down factories because of a lack of parts from Japan. Just this past week, General Motors announced that it would halt product of its Louisiana plant. GM spokesman said "We have suspended production at Shreveport for next week due to parts shortages due to the crisis in Japan. We will resume operations as soon as we can,".
 
Tires are another Japanese commodity that we are heavily reliant on in our daily lives and in our favorite pastime. Yokohama, Toyo and Nitto tires are all manufactured in Japan; in fact, all Toyo RA-1 and R-888 tires are manufactured in the city of Sendai which is less than 90 miles from the epicenter of the earthquake and around 65 miles from the Fukushima nuclear power plant however, this should not be a cause for alarm. Because of proactive measures taken by both Thunderhill AIM tire and AIM Tire, located at Infineon Raceway, members of the San Francisco region of the Sports Car Club of America will be able to enjoy a full racing season without having to worry about tire shortages.
 
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