News Release Lawson Announces Damage Situation of East Japan Earthquake

NEWS RELEASE

TOKYO, JAPAN, 3 13, 2011

Situation of Damages of East Japan Earthquake

We would like to express our sincerest condolences to all who are suffering from this earthquake.
Sending our deepest sympathy to those who have lost their lives, we pray for those who are in need of help to get rescued as soon as possible.

Our current mission as a convenience store chain, is to send supplies to the LAWSON stores in the affected areas with maximum priority.


<<Operational Situation of Stores in Northeastern Region and Ibaraki Prefecture>>

As of March 13, 2011

Location

Number of Stores

Open

Out of Service

Aomori pref.

171

165

6

Akita pref.

154

152

2

Iwate pref.

161

1

160

Yamagata pref.

61

39

22

Miyagi pref.

165

46

119

Fukushima pref.

96

45

51

Ibaraki pref.

105

76

29

Total

913

524

389


Many of the LAWSON stores in the Northeastern region and the Ibaraki prefecture are still undergoing power shortage. We are making every effort to continue our regular operation even in the damaged stores, but due to the current situation, many manufacturing factories in the Northeastern region are closed down and distribution of supplies are being withhold.

LAWSON Inc. has already delivered the following supplies with a total amount of 50 tons to the affected areas. Two thirds are for the use of Emergency Disaster Headquarters in the Miyagi prefecture and the rest for the affected stores in the Miyagi, Yamagata and Fukushima prefecture.

・ 2 liter water bottles: 5,670
・ Cup noodles: 40,000
・ Chopsticks
・ Batteries
・ Disposal body warmer
・ Flu masks

In addition to the emergency assistance mentioned above, LAWSON organized emergency rescue teams and dispatched them to the affected areas this morning. An additional 100 personnel, collected from our headquarters and offices of Western Japan are scheduled to enter the disaster site. They will provide support to recover each store as soon as possible.

<<Damages of Other Regions>>

Four of our vendors in the Kanto region, including lunch box and rice ball factories, are also affected by the earthquake. They are in the process of recovering, but the ready-made meals are currently not fully placed on the shelves, especially in the Tokyo District. To support the affected area, LAWSON has decided to deliver majority of supplies from Kyushu and Kansai to the North East region. As a result, our consumers might notice shortages at our stores across the country. We ask for our customers' understanding.

We will continue to update on the latest situation through news releases.

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