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Businesses learn from 2011 disaster, prep for next one

A balloon carrying a temporary base station for SoftBank is prepared for launch at Yame, Fukuoka Prefecture.

TOKYO -- In the wake of the March 11, 2011, eathquake and tsunami, many Japanese manufacturers were forced to suspend production, and communications infrastructure was severely disrupted in the disaster-hit region.

But after powerful earthquakes struck the Kumamoto region, on the island of Kyushu in southewest Japan, Renesas Electronics and some manufacturers have quickly returned to normal operations, while telecommunications carriers, including NTT Docomo, are completing restoration of their infrastructure. Their swift recovery has been thanks to disaster preparedness measures they implemented after the massive temblor that violently shook northeastern Japan in 2011.

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