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How to Help Japan: Tsunami and Earthquake Disaster Relief - Japan it UP!

How to Help Japan: Tsunami and Earthquake Disaster Relief

You can help Japan after the diaster! You can easily donate $10 or more by donating online or sending a text message (from the U.S.A.) – just text to REDCROSS or 90999 to make $10 donation by text message. Here are the many organizations set up to help Japan and those affected during their time of need. Most of the donations are tax deductible as well.

Help Japan at JapanitUP


Save the Children: Emergency Relief for Japan Quake
Toll free: 800-728-3843
Text JAPAN or 20222 to donate to help Japan.

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent
Your gift will support the Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS) disaster relief efforts to help those affected by the earthquake and tsunami. Funds will be utilized for the on-going provision of immediate relief and for eventual recovery support to the affected population.

The American Red Cross: Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Relief
Text REDCROSS or 90999 to make $10 donation by text message to help Japan.

A U.K. based organization that delivers shelter style boxes. Go to their site, choose your country, and start donating.

Salvation Army
Toll free: 800-SAL-ARMY
Text QUAKE or 80888 to donate $10 to help Japan after their tsunami and earthquake.

International Medical Corps
Text MED or 80888 to donate $10

Doctors Without Borders
An international medical humanitarian organization working in more than 60 countries to give those in need some medical help and assistance.

Global Giving
Text JAPAN or 50555 to donate $10

World Vision
Toll Free: 888-56-CHILD Text 4JAPAN to 20222 to donate $10

Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
If you’re Canadian, you can learn how to help Japan by visiting this site

Send Socks to Japan
Here’s how to do this: jasonkelly.com/helpjapan/

Most of my information is America related because I’m an American living in Japan, but disaster relief needs world wide effort. If somebody you know is missing, or if you have information regarding a missing person from the Japan Tsunami and Earthquake, please visit FamilyLinks, or visit Google’s Person Finder, or if it’s a family member from abroad, contact your country’s embassy (such as the U.S. Embassy)


Animal Refuge Kansai
The charity is appealing for help for the animals in Japan made homeless by the Japan tsunami and earthquake. You can make a donation through PayPal.

Japan Cat Network

World Society for the Protection of Animals
WSPA is sending their own team of veterinarians to Japan.

You’ve probably seen the dramatic earthquake and tsunami videos and photos already, so thanks for taking the time to read this, and thanks for those who have donated to help Japan.


10 thoughts on “How to Help Japan: Tsunami and Earthquake Disaster Relief

  1. Steve, I’ve read this blog for a number of weeks, because I (like you) am an American who’s very interested in Japan’s history, culture, and language. Your blog is excellent– I love your spirit of optimism and openness to new things– this feeling runs through almost all of your posts. So, I’m glad you’ve built yourself a very fun, enjoyable life in Fukuoka with your wife. Yay! (And yes, keep posting those bento pix, they look really yummy!)

    Thanks for posting these links to the charities. Might I be so bold as to suggest an additional link or two? 🙂
    (1) Thanks for including animal-focused charities. Animals can do so much to enhance and improve our lives, all without asking for very much in return. They may provide displaced people (who have lost friends and families, businesses, and communities) a source of comfort yet. The link that I’m including is probably one you’ve seen already– it a video of a very sweet, loyal dog who goes to get help from a camera crew for his injured friend.

    (2) AmeriCares – a disaster relief organization focusing on delivering medical supplies and aid. They have a Japan-specific fund, so that all donations made to that fund are used for Japan only, not for other areas. (They have other targeted funds for other areas in need). This may or may not matter, but for some folks like me, I prefer to give to a general fund when there isn’t a disaster (so, something like Doctors Without Borders), but give to a specific targeted fund if I am giving to help the folks in a very recent disaster.

  2. Good on you for putting up this post. Second Harvest Japan is great too because they’re driving full trucks up to Tohoku daily and giving much-needed supplies to those most seriously affected.

  3. Another way that i did by purchase the Quakebook – http://www.quakebook.org/ , There are very good story inside. I’m also receive same message here, hope and wish Japanese up soon.

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