New Delhi: After the 2008-09 global recession, Indian IT companies which once tried to get a foothold in Japan were battered by a massive earthquake, tsunami that devastated the country on last Friday.

Going by the gravity of crisis in Japan, the IT companies have decided to bring all the employees back to India.

According to an estimate, the Rs 5,000 crore software exports to Japan were dented owing to the catastrophe.

NASSCOM, the premier organisation for the Indian software industry, has ensured the safety of all the IT employees working in Japan. It said that companies like Wipro, Infosys, and TCS have decided to call their employees back from the quake-stricken country.

After the blast in nuclear reactors in Japan, 500 employees of Infosys, 350 employees of TCS and 400 of Wipro have been called back. Around 2000 employees of other IT companies have also been asked to leave the country.

Infosys has not only asked Indian professionals but also the employees of Japanese origin to come to India. It has requested the Indian Government to issue visas on a priority basis.

An Infosys spokesperson said, "Local arrangements have already been made to help the employees.”

It was after the recession in 2008-09 that IT companies started considering Japan as a good prospect to revive their business. In order to plug the demands of IT professionals, the companies had also hired many Japanese people.

NASSCOM has revealed that out of total of 60 billion USD software export, Japan gives 1.2 billion (approx Rs 5000 crore) business.

JPN/Bureau