In an email that was reportedly sent out to all Apple employees, Steve Jobs and the rest of the Apple executive team took some time out from their day-to-day activities to acknowledge the pain and suffering in Japan due to the earthquake and tsunami disasters.

According to the email, Apple will supply the needed resources and supplies at employee request, and will arrange delivery; though obviously in the area’s current state, logistics could prove to be an issue.

Apple has also delayed the iPad 2’s Japanese launch in light of the recent events. To read the entire email from Steve and the rest of the executive team, take a look inside…

To Our Team in Japan,

We have all been following the unfolding disaster in Japan. Our hearts go out to you and your families, as well as all of your countrymen who have been touched by this tragedy.

If you need time or resources to visit or care for your families, please see HR and we will help you. If you are aware of any supplies that are needed, please also tell HR and we will do what we can to arrange delivery.

Again, our hearts go out to you during this unimaginable crisis.

Please stay safe.

Steve and the entire Executive Team

Jobs has personally visited Japan a number of times, and has been documented to be extremely fond of the country and a few of its tech companies. In fact, the majority of Jobs’ early motivation and focus on design has been credited to Sony.


  • Lucas K.

    Steve has a heart!! lol.

    Seriously, this is quite a nice thing of them to send out though.

    • Cameron

      If steve had a heart than he would lower his prises down a bit and let more people afford there products so I wouldn’t be stuck with this crappy iPod 3G GB!!!!! It is hell slow and NO multitasking and Home screen wallpaper and it brakes all the time.

  • feelthepain444

    I would bet all my apple products that he only did this for financial business….

    • Cameron

      and advertising

  • Tim Ling

    Note the last sentence: “Steve and the entire Executive Team”

    This letter of encouragement was crafted by the PR team, and approved by Steve Jobs and his management team.

    Also note that for a company like Apple to disburse fundings and resources for disaster relief, it must go through many notions with the directors and financial officers, in the interest of the shareholders. Steve Jobs cannot simply instruct the HR department to allocate fundings for disasters, no matter how little the amount is, without going through some sort of formal policy modifications.

    In reality, the situation would look like this: John Smith, marketing manager of Apple Japan, whose wife was killed in the Sendai Tsunami. John Smith submits a request for a 2 months paid personal leave along with a business class air ticket back to California. This process alone would take one month.

    Another scenario can be seen with Mr. Karaguchi, an interface design programmer of Apple Japan, who just lost his home in the Senda Tsunami. All his wealth was tied to his home and vehicles, which have all been wiped out in the Tsunami. Mr. Karaguchi submits a request for $3000.00USD for motel rent to get through this disaster. The HR department took four weeks to reply to this request, only to indicate that Mr. Karaguchi does not qualify for $3000.00. He qualifies for only $1600.00 and would have to submit a request for this amount again, which would take another four weeks to process.

    To those that are still going to school or do not have any experience working for a large publicly traded companies, things are NEVER as they are presented by management, especially if those statements are allowed to be seen by the public.