- Remembering the victims of the heavy earthquake on March 11, 2011
- Daimler is involved in the reconstruction and assistance programs in the affected region of Tōhoku
Stuttgart / Kawasaki, Japan – Three years ago today, the Japanese coast suffered the heaviest earthquake in the country’s history. The earthquake reaped immense damage in the northeastern region of Tōhoku. On the occasion of the anniversary, Daimler is commemo-rating the victims. Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, Dr. Dieter Zetsche: “This natural disaster has meanwhile disappeared from the headlines, but by no means from the lives of the people in Japan. There is still a great deal of reconstruction work to be done.“
Daimler maintains a workforce of around 13,000 employees at its subsidiaries Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC), Mercedes-Benz Japan and Daimler Financial Services. Dr. Albert Kirchmann, Daimler Group representative in Japan and CEO of MFTBC: “We are a globally operating group which is firmly rooted in Japan. We have a responsibility to continue our support for the reconstruction effort in the crisis region.“
The reconstruction in the affected areas, which continues to the present day, is receiving support from Daimler. Thus, for example, scholarships are granted and innovative business ideas are promoted in the region as part of the “Daimler-Nippon Foundation Innovative Leaders Fund,” a program that will run until March of next year. In addition, the company will present the Higashi Matsushima and Kamaishi municipalities with two smart fortwo electric vehicles.
In the aftermath of the earthquake three years ago, Daimler AG employees donated more than half a million euros to the Red Cross. In addition, Daimler provided the Japanese aid organization “Nippon Foundation“ with two million euros of immediate assistance and 50 Mercedes-Benz G-Class, Unimog and Zetros vehicles and FUSO Canter light-duty trucks with a total value of four million euros. Overall, Daimler has provided the crisis region in Japan with more than six million euros of assistance.
About Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation
The Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation headquartered in Kawasaki Japan is one of the leading commercial vehicle manufacturers in Asia. The company produces and sells light-duty, medium-duty and heavy-duty trucks and buses. Daimler AG holds 89.29% of the shares in MFTBC. The remaining 10.71% are held by various companies of the Mitsubishi Group. MFTBC is part of the Daimler Trucks Division of Daimler AG.