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Help those in Japan - A message from the Japanese Club

3/15/2011 (Archived)

co - japan rubber raftA deadly earthquake struck Japan last Friday, March 11. The earthquake was initially reported at an 8.9 magnitude and now has been raised to 9.0. It was the most powerful earthquake in recorded history—collapsing buildings, touching off widespread fires and unleashing walls of water up to 30 feet high.

Thousands of people were killed and more than ten thousand are missing. Many people are still waiting to be rescued. People in Japan, including our friends, are still suffering from insufficient food, water, clothing, blankets, gas, medical supplies, electricity and everything else they need. This disaster is very widespread. Needless to say, people in the most devastated areas need immediate help, such as food, water and blankets. This week is supposed to get colder again, possibly snowing in the areas most affected by the disaster, and they need help from around the world.

A friend who lives in what is considered to be a “less affected area,” said on Twitter that he had no electricity, his water supply had been cut off for days and food stores were empty. Another friend is in Miyagi, one of the most devastated areas where there is no gas, electricity, food or water. He wants to return to his hometown because of radiation danger in his area, but he is not sure how to get there. He can’t drive his car since there is no gasoline available. The flights are crowded, and there are few buses available due to the destruction of the highways. He doesn’t know what to do.

There have been so many aftershocks and people are devastated. They are under tremendous fear of more aftershocks as well as potential disasters from nuclear plant problems. There are growing fears about damage to two nuclear power stations following the earthquake. A meltdown could release radioactive material into the air, which would be yet another deadly disaster.

Following is a link to a story on CNN’s website showing how we can help: http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/asiapcf/03/14/iyw.howtohelp.japan/index.html

We would like you to consider a donation in any amount. The only thing we can do now from here is to send donations ourselves and ask for your help.

There are several organizations you may donate to, such as:

So many people from so many different countries are helping Japan and we are grateful for their assistance. Please consider doing anything you can. On behalf of all Japanese people, we appreciate all of your help.

Lastly, this is an online article from a major Japanese newspaper, (http://s.nikkei.com/gf9CY2) showing devastated views in Japan. This is written in Japanese, but there is no need for explanation. Please just see what’s going on. We don't want to believe these things actually happened, but they did.

Japan needs your help more than ever. Thank you very much for your time and consideration.

Sincerely yours,

Palmer Japanese Club (Davenport Campus)  

Photo courtesy of The Australian .