Quake Threatens Gadget Supply


The March 11 earthquake and ensuing tsunami, as well as the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear-power complex and radiation leakage, have created problems for many manufacturers—from auto-parts makers to suppliers of batteries and other key electronic components, such as memory chips and liquid-crystal displays—that are far beyond the physical damage to their plants and production lines. Utility companies are carrying out rolling blackouts that have reached the wider Tokyo area, and the nuclear-power crisis is expected to take a toll on already-weak consumer spending.

Gadgets are important, but more importantly, maybe we can slow down a bit, buy less stuff, and remember to pray for and help those suffering in Japan. Maybe weak consumer spending can be considered a good thing.