In a statement today, Nikon indicates that its "severely damaged" digital SLR plant in Sendai, Japan will resume operation before the end of March, while its lens plant in Tochigi prefecture was up and running as of March 18. Normal levels of production may be difficult to achieve, however, owing to "problems such as the planned blackouts of electricity and procurement of components from our business partners," says the statement. In addition, the company is reporting that one of its Sendai employees died as a result of the earthquake and tsunami that swept the region earlier this month, and that the status of three others is not known at this time, presumably because they are missing.

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