Our deepest sympathies go out to all those affected by the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

We are personally touched by the crisis, which has affected friends and family of PacRim Marketing Group's staff, from both its US (Hawaii) and Asia-Pacific (Tokyo) headquarters.

We want to extend condolences to those who have lost family members, friends, homes, and businesses. Closed roads, businesses, and transit systems as well as shortages of food, water and gasoline will continue to cause strife for the Japanese people for some time to come.

Our team is working to communicate information about local and international relief efforts and to monitor progress and needs in Japan through our Japanese language websites and other outlets we have to the Japanese people.

We are hopeful that the strength and courage being shown by the Japanese public, and the showing of support and goodwill by neighbor countries offering to assist, will help with Japan's recovery.

Dave Erdman