16 Mar '11, 7pm

Ikea and other Nordic firms help employees leave Tokyo via @cmswire

STOCKHOLM - SEVERAL large Nordic companies, including Ikea and H&M, on Wednesday offered to help their Japanese employees leave Tokyo and surrounding areas and relocate further south due to growing fears of radiation from a quake-hit nuclear plant. 'We have offered our colleagues in the Tokyo region who are afraid of staying to handle their relocation to the south,' Charlotte Lindgren, a spokesman at Swedish furniture giant Ikea, told AFP. Ikea employs around 2,000 people in Japan, and Lindgren said the company had offered to help the some 1,200 employees and their families who live in the area in question to go 300 kilometres south of Tokyo to the Kansai region. The company's around 90 foreign workers were being offered help to leave the country, she added. Swedish fashion giant H&M, which employs around 900 people in Japan, also said it had offered its Tokyo and Yokohama...

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