By Nicola Leske
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Foreign firms set up evacuation plans in Tokyo and parts of northern Japan on Tuesday in a bid to distance staff from a quake-crippled nuclear plant while keeping their businesses running.
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The planned exodus was already under way for several companies and involved both expats and Japanese workers. Others were still monitoring events. Some reported employees were opting to stay put despite concerns about their safety.
German technology companies SAP
Cisco Systems Inc
International Business Machines Corp <IBM.N> said its operations were not disrupted and had no reports of serious injury to its employees in Japan.
Officials in Tokyo said radiation in the capital was 10 times normal by evening on Tuesday but posed no threat to human health in the sprawling city of 13 million.
Software group SAP said it was evacuating its offices in Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya and had offered its 1,100 employees and their family members transport to the south, where SAP has rented a hotel for staff to work online.
Chip maker Infineon said it was looking to move its staff of around 100 from Tokyo to the south, but most seemed reluctant to move. "We've offered to move staff to the south but only a small amount ... have decided to go," said a spokesman.
Swedish truckmaker Volvo
(Additional reporting by European bureaus; Editing by David Holmes)