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First an earthquake, then a tsunami, now a nuclear plant meltdown. What more can happen to Japan?

Whatever the outcome, everyone in the tire industry has a stake in what is happening in Japan.

We all have direct or indirect ties to the four native consumer and/or commercial tire manufacturers -- Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd., Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. Ltd., Bridgestone Corp. and Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd.

Save your prayers for all the companies and their workers.

As you might expect, communication about the affected areas in Japan is limited. To find out how the various plants fared early on, read "Pray for our Japanese brethren, and their families and friends," the latest blog by Modern Tire Dealer Editor Bob Ulrich.

And check back with as the story unfolds.

(For additional background information, click on “Bridgestone releases earthquake details about its Japan facilities" and "Toyo, Bridgestone report on Japan quake.")

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