TOKYO, JAPAN — Officials with Nisshin Seifun Group, Inc., Japan’s largest flour miller, told World Grain on March 11 that its employees and families are safe, and the company is in the process of inspecting two mills following the magnitude 8.9 earthquake that hit Japan in the middle of the afternoon.

Nisshin has a sales office in Sendai, which is the social and economic center of the northern districts. The city of one million people on the northeast coast was the hardest hit by the quake. The company said all sales reps at the office reported that they and their families are OK.

The Tsurumi and Chiba mills are under inspection. The company said it may face some challenges, but expects to recover quickly.

Conditions are better in Tokyo, but public commuting systems are damaged. Many employees will be spending the night at the Nisshin headquarters.

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