A message from HLB Meisei, Japan: Tohoku Earthquake - The impact on our operations
On 11th March around 2:46 pm, a massive earthquake with the magnitude of 9.0 struck off the Pacific coast in the Tohoku region of Japan. Ensuing tsunami waves caused devastating human loss and physical damage in many areas in eastern Japan.
All 23 wards of Tokyo, where our office is located, observed tremors with a seismic intensity of 5. The tremors inflicted relatively modest damages and no injuries were reported by all partners and employees of our firm when the earthquake occurred.
Due to the earthquake's ensuing aftermath, the transportation network in Tokyo is disrupted. We have therefore decided to introduce a reduction in working hours as well as remote working for some of our employees as a temporary measure. However, we try and operate as usual and maintain our system to offer continued services to the clients and member firms of HLB.
We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude for the many messages of concern and sympathy we have received from across the world in the days following the Pacific Coast Tohoku Earthquake. We are working hard towards a swift recovery of the afflicted areas in Japan.
Finally, we wish to convey our sincerest sympathies for the many people who have been affected by this terrible disaster as well as express our deepest condolences for all those that lost their lives as a result of the earthquake.
March 16, 2011
Tsuyoshi Takeda, Managing Partner
HLB Meisei Audit Corporation
A note from Rob Tautges, CEO - HLB International:
On behalf of HLB International I would like to express relief at the news from our HLB member firms in Japan that partners and staff were not injured in the catastrophic earthquake and ensuing tsunami and also our sympathy to those injured and displaced and to the families who lost loved ones in the disaster.
To our member firms' partners, staff and families: On behalf of our member firms of HLB International from around the world, best wishes for an immediate end to the threat of adverse knock on effects and a speedy return to business as usual in Japan, one of the most prosperous and admired economies in the world.