Japan Quake Dominates Tokyo Office Security Expo

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Disaster preparedness and alternative energy sources are the dominant themes at this year's Office Security Expo in Tokyo, with the devastating March 11 earthquake forcing companies to rethink their business strategies.

It is said that out of adversity comes innovation.

With Japan facing power shortages over the summer, and still reeling from March's massive quake, companies used the sixth annual Office Security Expo in Tokyo to show off the latest in disaster preparedness, and alternative energy systems.

Kohken Medical's says their Evac-Chair can be helpful in future crises.

[Manabu Akashi, Kohken Medical Sales]:
"There are a lot of high-rise buildings in the areas affected by the quake and also in Tokyo. In the midst of the heavy shaking, many of the elevators became unusable, and so buildings in Tokyo may have even more of a use for this device."

If the quake and tsunami weren't bad enough, the nuclear crisis that followed continues to cause major problems for Japan.

The damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant is still leaking radiation, and could take another six to nine months for it to be brought to a "cold shutdown."

Japan's summer electricity supply is likely to be limited as a result and while many companies have committed to cutting their electrical usage, the crisis has sparked a growth in energy innovation.

One company is taking a greener approach to office temperature control by using plants to replace curtains.

[Jun Tamaki, Greeval Division Manager]:
"We currently believe that there is a need for this sort of items that reduce energy usage by cutting down the amount of sunlight that gets through in order to cool down an area. We are looking to provide this product to help companies reduce their energy needs."

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