Tragedy in Japan as Earthquake Hits and Triggers Tsunami

Mar 11, 2011 3 Comments by

A massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake has hit Japan, the home of many of RC’s most iconic brands. The island country has been struck by resulting tsunamis that, combined with the earthquake, have led to significant loss of life. It has been reported that this has been the most powerful earthquake to hit Japan in over 100 years. The earthquake’s center was reported to be north of Tokyo and off the eastern coast of Japan and the city of Sendai. RC Car Action and Air Age Media wish the best for the RC companies and all of Japan that have been impacted by this tragedy.

 The devastation has been severe. Many well-known RC manufacturers call Japan home. We will continue to report on breaking news and will update this page as we learn how our RC industry friends have fared during this terrible event.

Our friend Steve Pond heard from Kuni of the Kyosho Diecast offices after the quake. Steve relates that the office is located in Atsugi, which is southeast from Tokyo about 275 miles from the epicenter. Thankfully everyone from the office is well.

Below are some RC companies located in Japan:

Futaba. Chiba Prefecture.

Tamiya. Shizuoka City.

O.S. Engines. Osaka.

KO Propo. Arakawa-Ku, Tokyo.

Yokomo Ltd. Adachi-Ku, Tokyo.

From Kyosho Japan:

“Kyosho America would like to send our sincere gratitude to our loyal customers and partners for their ongoing support for Kyosho Japan during these trying times. We would like to take this time to let everyone know that all Kyosho Japan’s staff and there families are safe and sound. Minor structural damage was suffered but all operations will resume shortly.

Kyosho America would like to extend our deepest condolences to the people for Japan and anyone effected by this tragedy. In these difficult times, our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.”

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3 Responses to “Tragedy in Japan as Earthquake Hits and Triggers Tsunami”

  1. Justin Young says:

    I hope that they guys at Tamiya,kyosho, and Futaba are OK

  2. Anonymous says:

    i hope that all are rc family is ok compannies, pilots, hobbies clubs, familiys of the pilots we are with you guys

  3. John H. says:

    I live on the Air Force base in Tokyo, Japan. The quake that reached us was a 5.0 magnitude earthquake that lasted almost three minutes.

    Commercial flights were re-directed to Yokota Air Base from Narita International Airport. I do hope that all of the employees and their families of these companies are all right.

    I am planning on making it out to the Sagamiko off-oad race tomorrow if it is not cancelled.

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