Need continuous support – Japan Tsunami and Earthquake

Last Sunday, March 11, was one year anniversary of the great Tsunami and Earthquake in Japan. As lots of media covered, people are still suffering from the damage of the disaster including nuclear power plant accident caused by the natural disaster.

1 year later, Japan pauses to remember earthquake, tsunami” by CNN, March 11, 2012

Although quite few people became volunteer to help them, I have never visited the devastated area since it happened. I have to confess the reason why.

I wanted to go there to help people actually, but couldn’t say it was not from my curiosity. I felt that I should not go with such emotion. Adding on that, I didn’t want to approach the area Fukushima nuclear power plants, to be honest. I know I am a coward.

I am really sorry for people who passed away, still missing, and evacuating. I don’t think money solves problems they are facing, but it’s my way of support as I did one year ago. Maybe, better than doing nothing.

I couldn’t find any fund which is dedicated to this disaster¬†in American Red Cross, so donated $500 to Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund on GlobalGiving instead.

Donation

They need your continuous support. I know it becomes harder as time passes because we are creature who easily forget pain.

You can donate from this page on GlobalGiving, $25 at minimum.

Two weeks after the earthquake

The earthquake shook North-Eastern part of Japan around 3pm just two weeks ago. The death toll passed 10,000 people and more than 17,000 people are still missing. You can imagine it is nearly impossible to survive in severely cold winter for two weeks. Our prime minister called it worst crisis since World War II.

We have been scared by tons of aftershocks even in Tokyo area which is more than 300 miles away from the epicenter of the biggest quake. According to JMA, there have been more than 300 times of aftershocks for two weeks. I actually feel them a couple of times everyday.

As most of media covers, series of nuclear power plants accidents are enormously serious issues for us. The plants are located about 150 miles away from my apartment in Tokyo. Some foreign government including the U.S. called their nationals to evacuate if they are within 50 miles from the plants. On the other hand, Japanese government warned people who is within only 30 km or 19 miles.

The government announced radiation was detected in tap water in Tokyo yesterday. They also said infant should not have it. So people especially mothers who have a baby/ies went crazy to look for bottled water. I went to some grocery stores and convenience stores to find bottled water, but couldn’t at all. Adding on batteries, bottled water is very rare to find in Tokyo for now. The following picture is a vending machine, in which water was sold out. Red lights mean sold out.

Other commodities, such as bread, milk, facial tissues, and preserved foods, such as cup noodles, are sold out quickly and thinly distributed.

This is the situation in a convenience store in my neighborhood tonight. Only Chinese mooncakes are available somehow.

So we cannot be reassured yet and do not know how long this situation lasts. I hope the nuclear danger would be under control and people get back to normal life soon.

Please help us – Japan needs your support due to the worst earthquake

As most of you already know, we, Japan, had the biggest earthquake ever in our history around 3PM on March 11, yesterday.

I tried to make sure all my family were safe first of all. They all live in Tokyo, which is fairly far away from the epicenter and where I live in, too. Now we know Tokyo area had much less damages than north-eastern part of Japan. However, when the earthquake happened, which was big and I never experience in my life, I couldn’t know how much Tokyo had damages. So I worried about my family.

Around 10PM, I confirmed my second sister was safe by getting an Email from her at last, that meant all family were safe. Phone lines were completely down since the quake, so the Internet and communication on it were almost only way to communicate with.

Need Your Support

Then I started thinking how I could contribute to help people in the north-eastern area, where some cities and towns were swept away by Tsunami. To support victims during such disaster, it would be the best to DONATE MONEY to reliable organization, not going there to help something nor sending something. Emotionally, most of you and I of course, want to help them in other way, but donating money would be the best way, I think.

What I can do is to ask you outside Japan to give the victims donations. I looked up on the Internet and found some trusty organizations. Please donate to Red Cross, Globalgiving, or whatever looks reliable. Here are the links:

There are even more options to help our country in the following article:

Proudly, Japanese people is the ethnic who is incredibly polite and value friendship. Should your country would be in a big trouble in future, we will help you without doubt. But at this moment, we definitely need your help as much as possible.

I, from the bottom of my heart, want lots of foreigners support this country by donating money and spreading this by word of mouth.

Updated

I donated $500.00, which is too small to support victims, to American Red Cross. It is small, but I hope this would encourage you to donate some money for helping us!! Please donate to Japan and spread this to your friends by word of mouth, tweeting, emailing, sharing on facebook, anyways. The amount does not matter at all. It is important to ask people as many as possible to help Japan.

p.s

There are a number of heartbreaking pictures in the article “Massive earthquake hits Japan” on Boston.com. You will see how awful this disaster is.