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Jobs e-mails Japanese Apple workers with offers of support

updated 10:35 am EDT, Thu March 17, 2011

Disaster takes toll on public, industry

Apple CEO Steve Jobs has sent an e-mail memo out to workers in the company's Japanese division, according to reports. "To Our Team in Japan," the message begins. "We have all been following the unfolding disaster in Japan. Our hearts go out to you and your families, as well as all of your countrymen who have been touched by this tragedy."

"If you need time or resources to visit or care for your families, please see HR and we will help you," the e-mail continues. "If you are aware of any supplies that are needed, please also tell HR and we will do what we can to arrange delivery. Again, our hearts go out to you during this unimaginable crisis. Please stay safe." The memo is technically credited to both Jobs and "the entire Executive Team."

The earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crises which have hit Japan have left thousands dead, and significant parts of the country's industrial base in jeopardy. Apple may be affected most by the temporary shutdowns of Toshiba and Mitsubishi Gas Chemical, which could delay component shipments and/or raise their prices. Local sales have also been disrupted, for instance postponing an iPad 2 launch.






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  1. J2-Droid

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -32

    Makes you proud to be a Jobsian

    Way to be on top of things Steve. I know he are sick and all, but he made the iPad 2 launch yet could not muster up the motivation to pound out an email. I guess it makes sense when you look at Apple's relief efforts:

    Microsoft - An immediate $2million dollar contribution + employee relief + $1 donate per tweet supporting relief.

    Google - Almost immediately after the disaster they diverted servers to their Crisis Response page, Person Finder, and Picasa survivor lists. Not to mention continuously purchasing up-to-date satellite images of the effected areas for Earth.

    Apple - First announced that they would postpone their Japan iPad 2 release and that due to the disaster iPhone and iPad supplies could be limited with possible price increases. Then they issued a link in iTunes where registered Apple customers can make donations. And finally Jobs prompt memo.

    Way to contribute Apple.

  1. ozoner

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +13

    @J2-Droid

    Waaahhhh? Your assumption is that because Apple didn't issue a press release detailing their donation efforts, they haven't contributed anything? Interesting thinking.

    Microsoft's cash contribution was $250K, with the rest of the 2.5 Million being in-kind donations of software licenses and services. Absolutely a generous offer, don't get me wrong, but kind of goody considering that large portions of the country don't even have electricity or internet services. I think that at this point, they would rather have food and blankets and clean water. Microsoft's employees? I absolutely expect that they will step up to donate in a big way (as they have many times in the past - good for them!), and MS will match their donations. And as for postponing the Japanese iPad2 release, you must have missed the part where Microsoft postponed the release of IE9 in Japan.

    And I would not belittle the iTunes donation effort. They have opened up the tap on one of the largest active payment services in the world, and are passing 100% of the donations through. Can you tell me what other charity - including the Red Cross - doesn't take out a single dime for administrative costs? Think about the 2%-4% credit card processing fees that Apple is eating on every single one of these transactions. It will likely end up being millions.

  1. armwt

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +7

    iPad2 delay

    Another point missed... the reasoning that Apple gave for delaying the iPad 2... they felt that their employees had more important things to worry about than making sure the stores were adequately staffed for the rollout. Apple is loosing $$ by delaying it... but with the country in crisis, offering up a shiny new toy, and requiring your employees to be @ work when many of them are searching for missing family, friends, and even shelter... isn't the highest priority.

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  1. Grendelmon

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -18

    Why is this news?

    Who the h3ll cares?

  1. kageryu

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +4

    Also..

    He didn't send this to just Japan employees. He sent it to ALL employees.

  1. J2-Droid

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -9

    RE:

    I highly doubt Apple is paying the standard card transaction fees. And even so they can deduct those costs and still call it 100% donate just so long as they are not profiting from the transaction.

    Why don't they post a link on Apple.com to make donations directly too the Red Cross Japan? I don't have an Apple account or iTunes on my macs.

    Finally the first statement that I saw from Apple about the distaster was the postponement of the iPad 2 in Japan and the halting of LCD manufacturing effecting stocks and prices of Apple products. And Jobs's memo came almost a week after the event. In my opinion concern for the situation and their employees should have been much more important than iPad 2 sales or whether people in the U.S. will pay more for their Apple product.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +4

    @J2

    Why don't they post a link on Apple.com to make donations directly too the Red Cross Japan? I don't have an Apple account or iTunes on my macs.

    Um, because they probably figure most people aren't going to the Apple web site to look to donate, but, instead, possibly, going directly to the Red Cross web site. They're making an easy way for you to donate if you don't want to send your card info to yet another place (not to mention keep you off the mailing list!). If you want to donate, go 'redcross.org' and be done with it.

    And it's "to", not "too".

  1. ASIMO

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Donation, benevolence, philanthropy.

    These are not competitive sports, J2. Get off it already.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -4

    Re: @J2-Droid

    They have opened up the tap on one of the largest active payment services in the world, and are passing 100% of the donations through. Can you tell me what other charity - including the Red Cross - doesn't take out a single dime for administrative costs? Think about the 2%-4% credit card processing fees that Apple is eating on every single one of these transactions. It will likely end up being millions.

    First, Apple is NOT a charity. So saying "what other charity" is wrong. Apple is just passing money through.

    Second, many companies are doing this. Amazon, for example, also has a link. Many pass the payments on. It isn't like Apple is setting some kind of standard. They're doing what companies have done for years (I recall donating to the last Tsunami relief through Amazon).

    Third, they say the money is going directly to aid. Are they verifying that? Hopefully the Red Cross has wisened up. I remember them getting in a lot of hot water for taking donations after Katrina and stock-piling them, not using them for relief work of Katrina. So, hopefully, relief will go to those you wish it to go to, not just general services fund.

    Fourth, Apple isn't paying 2-4% fees on credit card purchases. They would have, by now, negotiated a nice sweet heart deal (less per transaction, but increasing money by more transactions).

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -3

    Oh

    And to your question:
    Can you tell me what other charity - including the Red Cross - doesn't take out a single dime for administrative costs?

    The V foundation, for one, does not. 100% donations are for the charitable side of the house.

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