Japan Earthquake Updates

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  • 15 Mar 2011 6:35 AM | Anonymous member
    Taizo Watanabe, the Chairman of the John Manjiro Whitfield Commemorative Center for International Exchange has issued this statement regarding the effect of the earthquakes and tsunamis and expressing his gratitude for American sentiment.
  • 14 Mar 2011 3:36 PM | Anonymous member

    Dear Friends,

    We announce the opening of a fund for concerned persons throughout Kentucky to contribute to rebuilding efforts in our beloved nation of Japan.  


    While we wish we could be in Japan now, helping those whose lives have been disrupted, we begin by organizing contributions in Kentucky.  Every penny of your contributions* will be handed off to relief and rebuilding efforts in Japan.  The decisions about distribution will be made by the board of directors at the Japan/America Society of Kentucky.  We will closely monitor the needs of communities that are connected to Kentucky and contribute to efforts that will have a long-term impact.  Your suggestions are welcome.  

    You may check-in for updates of interest to Kentuckians at http://jask.org/japan

    We cannot comprehend the loss that our families and friends in Japan have experienced, but we have hope that joy and beauty may yet arise from this tragedy.  


    JASK Board Members and Staff

    *Donations made by credit card via Paypal are subject to a ~2% service fee.  You may choose to mail a check to JASK at 464 Chenault Rd., Frankfort, KY  40601.
  • 14 Mar 2011 10:14 AM | Anonymous member

    Dear JASK Members and Friends,

    There has been and will continue to be a gratifying outpouring of support from the JASK community for our friends and family in Japan.  We continue to monitor the relief efforts underway across the world.  In particular, our national network of Japan/America Societies is organizing a variety of projects and people to assist.  As we determine the ideal role for our network in Kentucky, we will invite your direct participation.  Your suggestions are welcome by email (programs@jask.org) or phone (859-224-7001).  In the meantime, we invite your contributions as per this statement.  

    We will be creating a blog page today for informational updates related to the disaster and relief efforts.  We will notify you again today when this page is live.  Immediate relief efforts are underway throughout Japan; indeed, the extent of damage is not yet fully known.  We plan to contribute in the longer-term, as well as immediately, as the work of recovery will last for months and years. 

    A number of Kentuckians were in Sendai and its surrounding cities in 2009 for a citizen exchange program.  If you are looking for your host family, you may find an update here, courtesy of the Manjiro/Whitfield Center for International Exchange.  

    With sadness and hope, 

    JASK Board Members and Staff

  • 13 Mar 2011 6:45 PM | Anonymous member

    Dear NAJAS Members,

     All of us have been moved by the tragic events still unfolding in Japan.  As help gets to the affected areas, we know the  casualty figures will rise. We can only hope that the efforts to contain the damage at the power plants will prove successful. Even with the large amount of information available, it will take time for the true scale of the disaster to become apparent.

     We herald the efforts of individual Japan-America Societies and their dedicated staffs to respond. Many are helping find people, raise money and provide needed information to interested Americans. Many have helped raise awareness through interviews with news media in their areas.  All are vital functions for JAS.

     NAJAS has been in contact with the US Embassy (the staff has been temporarily relocated), The National Association of America-Japan Societies, the Center for International Exchange and other organizations, to express our concern and our network’s desire to help. As communication is restored, we hope that there will be ways to engage our sister America-Japan Societies in the affected areas. I will keep you all informed on our efforts in this area.

     Japanese and international organizations are addressing the vital needs in Tohoku at this moment. But shattered lives and communities will need help over the longer term. One of the lessons learned after the Kobe earthquake back in 1995 ( Bill was engaged in fund raising and also some volunteer work in the area), is that the opportunities to help will be ongoing for months and months. People-to-people grass roots needs will emerge soon and will be enduring. In addition to immediate fund-raising and relief, our network can play a role in creating hope for those recovering from the disaster.

     Responding to the initial disaster is critical. But, when the news spotlight is focused elsewhere on the globe, great needs will still exist... as well the opportunity to help.

     Thank you, again, for all that you are doing. Let us hope together that the next few days bring relief and safety to our friends in Japan.


    Peter and Bill


     Peter Kelley


    National Association of Japan-America Societies, Inc.

    1225 19th Street, NW

    Suite 700

    Washington, DC 20036

    Phone: 202-429-5545

    Fax: 202-429-0027



  • 13 Mar 2011 4:12 PM | Anonymous member

    Dear JAS Members and Friends,

    We cannot thank you enough for your tremendous outpouring of donations to the American Red Cross, as well as our 2011 Japan Earthquake Relief Fund.  

    Our message to the public has been carried by CNN, CNN en Español, MSNBC, NPR, KPCC, KCRW, Associated Press, Los Angeles Times, The Rafu Shimpo, The Nikkan Sun, and hundreds of news websites worldwide.  In addition, we are working closely with the Washington, D.C. based National Association of Japan-America Societies, which serves as a network among the 37 Japan America societies in North America, to coordinate relief efforts with our 24 counterpart America-Japan societies in Japan.  We are hopeful that the broad media attention to disaster relief efforts, and work with societies on both sides of the Pacific will result in an even larger response to assist in the relief and recovery for our friends and loved ones who have been affected by the terrible disaster. 

    Below is a list of special "drive-through" disaster relief fundraisers on Monday and Tuesday.  They are sponsored by the American Red Cross and the local ABC and NBC television networks, and supported by the Japan America Society of Southern California.  We encourage you to participate and ask that you also share these additional relief fundraising opportunities with your family and friends.

    Please help us to further our relief efforts by spreading the word. Kindly forward this message to your circle of contacts and organizations so they may have easy link access to donations and information. 

    Once again, our prayers and thoughts are with everyone living in Japan and with loved ones here in the U.S.


    Nancy Woo Hiromoto, Chairman
    Douglas Erber, President
    Terry Hara, Co-Vice Chair & Chairman Elect
    Teruo Tabuchi, Co-Vice Chair

  • 11 Mar 2011 3:56 PM | Anonymous member

    Dear JASI Members and Friends,

    By now, you are undoubtedly aware that on Friday, March 11, at 2:46 p.m. Japan Standard Time, an estimated magnitude 8.9 earthquake occurred just off the coast of Miyagi Prefecture in northeastern Japan.  This is the largest scale earthquake to occur in recorded Japanese history, with widespread damage being reported, especially in the Tohoku region.  The Tokyo area has also been affected.  The earthquake has been followed by numerous aftershocks and tsunamis, including a devastating 33-foot high tsunami that swept through the town of Sendai and traveled nearly one mile inland.   Hundreds have been killed with many more reported missing, and the death toll is expected to rise.  

    All of us have relationships with the people of Japan.  Our thoughts, prayers, and deepest sympathy go to the families, friends, and coworkers of those who have been directly affected.  

    The Japan-America Society of Indiana is establishing a statewide Japan Earthquake Relief Fund that will be available to accept donations early next week.  In the meantime, donations can be made through the website of the Japan-America Society of Indiana at www.japanindiana.org.    All donations are tax deductible and will be transferred in a timely manner to appropriate relief organizations assisting the affected areas in Japan.

    Indiana has many connections to this northern region of Japan.  Many companies with factories or offices here in Indiana also have facilities in the region that has been affected by the earthquake and tsunami, and a number of those companies have temporarily closed factories.  Additionally, Indianas sister state, Tochigi Prefecture, has suffered damage, as has Kuji City in Iwate Prefecture, sister city of the City of Franklin.    

    For up-to-minute news coverage of conditions in Japan, you can find NHK broadcasts (Japanese TV) on their website at: http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/

    With millions in Japan without power, direct communication has been difficult.  Japanese mobile phone companies have set up disaster message boards for their customers to post their location and condition.  These messages can be viewed via internet by inputting the users cell phone number.    The list is available on the website of the Consulate General of Japan at Chicago which serves a ten-state region including Indiana.  http://www.chicago.us.emb-japan.go.jp/index.htm

    The Japan-America Society of Indiana will endeavor to provide updates on the conditions in Japan and the connections to our members here in Indiana.  







  • 11 Mar 2011 10:45 AM | Anonymous member
    Our thoughts go out to all those living in Japan or with loved ones in the area as a series of powerful earthquakes--including one 8.9 magnitude quake--and a tsunami have struck the northeastern portion of the country.  The 8.9 magnitude quake is the largest earthquake to strike Japan since recording began, 140 years ago.  The resulting tsunami is reported to have been 10 meters tall.

    If you know of somebody affected by the earthquakes or tsunami who needs help or if you know of a need that JASK could lend a hand with, please let us know via email at programs@jask.org.

    Read more about the earthquake and tsunami on Reuters.

    Find loved ones on Google's person finder.

    Donate to the International Red Cross or GlobalGiving.org.
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