What is the third biggest company damaged by the earthquake?

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May 23, 2011 14:54 地震 earthquake
Many companies suffered huge losses due to the earthquake and tsunami. Here is a part (not all) of extraordinary losses that companies in the Tohoku region listed in their statements of accounts this term. (There is no need to mention TEPCO.)

Japan Railways East; many lines, stations, and such were lost.
155 billion yen (1.8 billion dollars)

Tohoku Electric Power Co; many power lines, some thermal power stations, and such were lost.
123 billion yen (1.4 billion dollars)

77 billion yen (0.9 billion dollars)

NTT East Japan (a giant telephone company); many wires and such were lost.
60 billion yen (0.7 billion dollars)

What do you think the third one is? I was surprised to learn about it. It’s not a listed company on a stock exchange. It earns no operating profit every year. It has existed for over 100 years. It was once called “the number two high school,” which means the second high school in Japan. (This “high school” is equal to current colleges of liberal arts.)
Tohoku University, is what it is.

The president of Tohoku University said that it was the first case that a large-scale research university suffered such big damages. I don’t know if that is “in the world” or not. However, University of Tokyo lost almost of all its collection of books in the Great Kanto earthquake of 1923. At that time, the Rockefeller foundation gave a large sum of money to rebuild the library. (It donated 4 million yen of those days. It is probably 0.24 billion dollars now.)