Excellent discussion post... I look forward to everyone's responses... Nice work Anthony!
First thing first, everything that follows in strictly from a business point of view and is in no way meant as disrespect for the Japanese. I hope they receive all the help and aid possible in their time of need.
The first industry that can benefit from this vacuum would be the automotive industry. Toyota is going to take and be forced to increase the production in their U.S factories. This will surely benefit some communities. Next, our government needs to look at this as a business investment. We are the second largest importer to Japan and have a great opportunity to become first. We could take advantage of this by providing for them now in exchange for them limiting their importing and exporting to and from China in the future. The demand is high right now and we need to supply. This could have very well been a situation where a business savvy man such as Donald Trump would have greatly benefited the U.S as its President.