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Japan Disaster Relief Response


News Release

 (Research Triangle Park, NC) The Research Triangle Foundation of North Carolina urges the Research Triangle community to consider joining support efforts to aid those affected by the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

 “Our thoughts are with those affected by this terrible disaster,” said Interim CEO and President, Liz Rooks. “The Research Triangle Park has had a long partnership with the Japanese companies in the Park, and we are deeply committed to the many other multinational companies in RTP that have employees and partnerships there. We want to offer this support to all those affected by this tragedy.”

On behalf of the Park’s Japanese companies -- Eisai, Inc., JMC (USA), Inc., and Sumitomo Electric Lightwave Corporation -- and the many other RTP organizations which have offices and suppliers there, the Foundation has contributed to the American Red Cross Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami relief fund. The Foundation notes and appreciates this organization’s close work with the Japanese Red Cross to help those most in need and to address the significant loss of life, billions of dollars of economic damage, and the continued uncertainty over the stability of the country’s nuclear power plants.

While response and recovery efforts are under way, the Foundation would also like to encourage other members of the Research Triangle community to consider providing aid. Following is a list of organizations to consider.  Please visit these organizations directly for information about how you, your company or your community can get involved.


About The Research Triangle Park 

The Research Triangle Park is the leading and largest high technology research and science park in North America, covering 7,000 total acres and is home to more than 170 companies employing over 38,000 full-time knowledge workers.  Founded in 1959, The Research Triangle Park is developed and managed by the non-profit Research Triangle Foundation of North Carolina. The Foundation is responsible for building and maintaining the physical aspects of the Park; attracting and retaining Park companies; and enhancing the competitive position of the Park and the Triangle region.  To learn more about The Research Triangle Park, visit

About Eisai, Inc.

Eisai, Inc. is a human health-care company seeking innovative solutions in disease prevention, cure and care for the health and well-bing of people worldwide. Eiasi is supported by Eiasi Company, Ltd., a Japanese pharmaceutical company that focuses on treatments for central nervous system diseases and gastrointestinal disorders. RTP is home to Eisai’s state-of-the-art pharmaceutical production and formulation research and development facility.

Eiasi global headquarters is located in Tokyo, Japan, with 300 employees located at their RTP operations.

To learn more about Eiasi, visit

About JMC (USA), Inc.

JMC (USA), Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Japan Metals and Chemicals Company, Ltd. The Chromium Division, located in RTP, produces high-purity chromium metal that is the highest purity commercially produced chromium metal available in the world. The primary use of the material is in the production of active matrix flat panel displays. 

JMC (USA), Inc. is globally headquartered in Tokyo, Japan with 17 employees located at their RTP operations. To learn more about JMC (USA), visit

About Sumitomo Electric Lightwave Corporation

Driven by continuous innovation, Sumitomo Electric Lightwave Corporation is an industry leading manufacturer and supplier of fiber-optic cable; cost effective optical fiber ribbon-configured solutions; fusion splicer equipment and accessories; connectivity products; passive network components; data center and central office solutions; and the FutureFLEX Air-Blown Fiber and Pathway System. Sumitomo serves the public communications network, broadband, FTTx, telecommunications, cable operator, datacom, municipal and enterprise network markets helping communications providers with first-to-market innovations and the highest quality and most reliable products for their networks.

Sumitomo is globally headquartered in Osaka, Japan with 220 employees at their U.S. headquarters in RTP. To learn more about Sumitomo, visit


Contact: Cris Mulder, Research Triangle Foundation of North Carolina, / 919.433.2009