Some effects were immediate. A 43-year-old employee was killed and 17 of his co-workers were injured when a cafeteria wall collapsed at Honda’s Tochigi R&D facility. No Kawasaki, Suzuki or Yamaha plants suffered direct damage, but those companies joined Honda in immediately halting production. As this issue went to press three weeks after the quake, all of the Big Four had resumed production, but were limited to assembling units from in-stock parts. Literally hundreds of Tier 1 and 2 component suppliers serving the motorcycle industry were located in the affected area, and none could be sure when—or if—they would return to full capacity. In addition to upheavals in the supply and distribution chain, rolling electric blackouts, gasoline scarcity and persistent transportation delays have created logistical nightmares.