Automotive News reports that BMW and Volkswagen are among many European nationals leaving Japan as the government battles to cool nuclear reactors damaged by last week’s record earthquake.
Without a doubt Japan’s worst disaster since World War II, the major earthquake will have an impact on the country, its people and the economy for many years to come. Corporations are assessing whether efforts to prevent a nuclear spill would be successful. On Saturday, BMW, which employs over 750 people in Japan, gave its German staff the chance to leave the country and around 50 staff returned to Germany, a spokesman told Automotive News.
At the same time, Volkswagen, which employs 600 sales and technical staff in the country, repatriated 30 of its around 40 German staff on Wednesday, a VW spokesman told Automotive News Europe by telephone.
Other automakers are expected to follow.