With five stores in Japan, IKEA has offered workers in the Tokyo area (and their immediate families) the option to temporarily relocate to Kansai, Japan's second largest city after Tokyo, located in the south-central region of the main island.
IKEA Tokyo stores will remain closed until the situation has stabilized. Workers in Japan receive daily updates from IKEA via mobile phone and email.
The company has shipped out over 5,000 blankets to evacuated people and plush toys and other toys are being distributed in cooperation with Save the Children. Trucks containing warmth and light products, as well as IKEA food are being shipped daily; donation boxes in cooperation with Save the Children are also placed in the open Tsuruhama and Kobe stores.
IKEA US co-workers are being encouraged to support the company's global partners, Save the Children and UNICEF.