Japan update


Japan is still in recovery mode following last week’s disaster.

As radiation levels continue to fluctuate, and cleanup from last week’s earthquake and tsunami is ongoing, more news of disruptions continues to trickle in from Japan.

The Tokyo Motorcycle show will not run as scheduled next week. Organizers decided to cancel the show due to ongoing power grid blackouts, traffic confusion, and the ongoing disaster recovery.

The Motegi round of MotoGP has also been re-scheduled for October. The Japanese Twin Ring Motegi track and grandstands were damaged in last week’s disasters, as were roads in the surrounding area. The race, which was also cancelled last year due to air travel issues, will now run between the Aragon and Phillip Island MotoGP events.

Suzuki has announced its Takatsuka and Toyokawa motorcycle plants will remain closed until March 21, with a decision on further operations to come then. None of the other major Japanese manufacturers has released a major news update.

Finally, if you want to give to Japan’s relief efforts, there are a few ways to help out. You can to donate to the Red Cross relief efforts through Moto4Japan, a project started by Greg Hatton and Jon Bekefy as a way of saying thank you to the country that has done so much for motorcycling.

Google has also risen to the occasion with their Crisis Response web page, which enables you to donate money to the Japanese Red Cross, UNICEF or Save the Children. The site also provides plenty of information updates and other resources.

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