Alicia for American Express sent me an email to inform me that in August, American Express launched ‘Friends of Japan,’ a global program on Facebook designed to revive global attention on relief efforts since the East Japan Great Earthquake and Tsunami struck the region five months ago. People from around the world are encouraged to share ‘Messages of Hope’ through the ’Friends of Japan’ section of American Express Japan’s Facebook page (facebook.com/americanexpressjapan). The ‘Friends of Japan’ Facebook experience will be translated into eight languages for the international audience and American Express, which has more than 1,100 employees in Japan, will donate $1 towards the relief efforts for every message of hope posted from anywhere in the world.
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. Continue reading
March 11, 2011 – what a terrible day. The north coast of Japan was hit by a horrible tsunami after an 8.9 magnitude earthquake that occurred 80 miles offshore. And now there’s a fear of a nuclear disaster. I was contacted by Fox News, The Today Show, and CNN for an interview but I declined because I’m on Kyushu Island living in Fukuoka, and we’re all safe here because it’s far away from where the catastrophe happened. Even though this is true, people are buying up water and instant ramen noodles from the local supermarkets. Now that makes me worry!
As a friend noted – The saddest part of this disaster in Japan is that it hit the poorest and most vulnerable people in the country. Most of the victims were fishermen, farmers, and the elderly. They did not live the high fashion, high technology, and trendy lives we see depicted in Tokyo life.
Thousands of people are dead, thousands are missing, over half a million people are homeless, and aftershocks keep creeping up. If you want to get involved, visit this link to learn how to help Japan! And here’s a link to the National Geographic Documentary.