By INOP do you mean in operation?
On that page is says for Oita (relatively far from Fukushima):
Digital cameras, digital video camcorders, EF lenses, compact photo printers and others
Production of inkjet printers, print heads and ink tanks; analysis of software
Nagasaki also produces Digital Cameras (Nagasaki is pretty far away from Fukushima).
So is it relatively safe to conclude that the lens production and camera production are a safe distance away?
I hope Japan gets back from this, and comes out even better than before (as history has shown Japan done this). After my education finished and I learned Japanese I would like to move there.
"L" lenses are made at Utsunomiya. A new lens plant is starting up at Oita, but there have been production problems there that have delayed the startup.
Here is a report posted on DPR from a person who said he was briefed by Canon management last week. It does sound reasonable to me.
Canon provided an update last week on operations. Here are the highlights as it pertains to cameras and lenses:
Canon has three plants and five affiliates located in the Kanto area and further north. The Utsunomiya plant suffered the most damage and this is where all the L and other lenses are made.
Utsunomiya is a major production site for interchangeable lenses and incurred some damage to plant buildings and equipment. Management has not finalized the schedule for restarting operations due to lack of reliable electricity supply and parts procurement issues.
Canon is reviewing the Oita and Taiwan plants as alternative output sites for interchangeable lenses. I believe Nikon announced a similar move to transfer production to Malaysia.
Oita Canon and Nagasaki Canon, key production sites for digital cameras, have suspended operations since last week because of difficulties procuring commodity electronic parts and other items following the earthquake. Management has not made a decision on the timing for resuming operations yet.
Canon has indicated a task force has been set up to determine which of its affected sites may not be operable within a month and to move that production to other Canon sites. This may not be possible for lenses however.
Both Canon and Nikon have been extremely careful about inventory levels in the aftermath of the financial crisis. This will further exacerbate the current problem as Canon only has 27 days of inventory on hand in the camera and lens segments.
I have been told that all North American retailers (and likely global) have been put on an allocation basis for bodies and lenses. Many retailers already look to be out of popular lenses and bodies. I have confirmed this with 2 retailers who have said they are on allocation and do not expect to have stock for 6-8 weeks (which could be optimistic).
We will see prices on the popular lenses and cameras increase (we have already) given that both Nikon and Canon are suffering production disruptions and inventory levels are very low across all channels.
If you have been waiting to purchase a lens now is the time to buy it otherwise you may have to wait months before it is restocked.