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The 9.0-point earthquake that hit Japan on March 11, 2011, will affect the country in many ways for years to come.

Japanese tire manufacturers have been affected in varying degrees. They have been cautious about starting up production at their damaged plants.

This will certainly affect tire shipments to the United States.

In his latest video blog, Modern Tire Dealer Editor Bob Ulrich addresses this issue. To view it on MTD TV, click here.

For additional information on the subject, check out the following links:

"Japanese disasters will change the face of consumer tire shipments in the U.S." and

"Japanese demand will affect truck tire imports."

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