Japanese man seriously hurt, another slightly in Brussels attacks; firms step up security, curb travel


A Japanese man in his 30s was seriously injured and another Japanese man suffered minor injuries in Tuesday’s terrorist attacks in Brussels, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Japanese companies operating in Belgium and other European countries have begun checking on and securing the safety of their employees.

Some companies, including Toyota Motor Corp. and Nissan Motor Co., decided to prohibit their employees from visiting Belgium.

Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., which has its sales subsidiary for the European market in the suburbs of Brussels, said Tuesday it has confirmed that all of its employees are safe and is also checking on their families. Officials of Toyota, which has its European headquarters in Brussels, also said it is checking whereabouts of its employees and their families.

Panasonic Corp. said Tuesday the company is considering banning its employees from traveling to Belgium.

Fast Retailing Co. temporarily closed five stores of its Comptoir des Cotonniers and Princesse tam.tam brands in Brussels.

All Nippon Airways, which opened a route between Narita International Airport and Brussels in October, said Tuesday it suspended flights between the airports, but that it would be temporary.

A senior official at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said that the attacks in Brussels, the center of European politics, would have various economic and other impacts on Japanese people and companies doing business in the region.

  • Pink Floyd

    No mention of the 35 non Japanese that were killed and many more maimed, lets just focus on 2 japanese guys shall we.