Letter from Fukushima: A Vietnamese Japanese police officer’s account

Editor’s note: This letter, written by a Vietnamese immigrant working in Fukushima as a policeman to a friend in Vietnam, has been circulating on Facebook among the Vietnamese diaspora. It is an extraordinary testimony to the strength and dignity of the Japanese spirit, and an interesting slice of life near the epicenter of Japan’s current […]

UNITED WE STAND: Japanese endure as nuclear-power crisis escalates

At first, I thought it was just the usual rattle we constant get. Japanese people are accustomed to earthquakes as faults run beneath the archipelago. It’s not unusual for us to wake up in the middle of the night because of such shakes. I remember we constantly had evacuation drills at school. Sometimes, as a […]

LETTERS: CNBC editor tries to dissuade people from aiding victims in Japan

Dear Editor: This morning when I logged onto CNBC’s Website, I came across a poorly-written, insensitively-timed article with the “Do Not Donate Money To Japan” teaser written by Mr. John Carney, just days after the horrific earthquake and tsunami. www.cnbc.com/id/42076147 This is blanket discouragement against donating to Japan disguised as concern over allocation of charitable […]

A call to (bakers’) arms

塵も積もれば山と成る chiri mo tsumoreba yama to naru Even dust amassed will grow into a mountain. As I try to wrap my head around the scale of the events in Japan this proverb has been bouncing around in my mind. I think it is fair to say that if you have any Japanese relatives that at one […]

Shaken, but always majestic

One of my regrets from the two years I lived in Japan was that I didn’t get outdoors enough. While teaching English on the JET Program, I stayed in a small city called Yuzawa, located in southernmost Akita Prefecture and nestled in a peaceful countryside of profound natural beauty. I’ve never lived in a place […]

Resources for locating people missing and staying updated on the situation in Northern Japan

In the midst of the aftermath of the 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami that has devastated northern Japan, thousands of people are feared missing. Listed below are a number of resources to aid people in locating their loved ones who may have been displaced.   Bilingual Phone Services Little Tokyo Service Center: LTSC’s bilingual Social Services […]

‘Enraged’ Japanese lack basic necessities, struggle with emergency response

TOKYO — Fumiki Yukawa was on his way to stock up food for his restaurant bar, Hengenjizai, when the massive quake struck Tokyo. “I realized that the impact of the quake is bigger than anything else I’ve experienced before,” said the 34-year-old Yukawa, who opened his restaurant in 2009 after resigning from Sony. Anticipating that […]

80,000 mobilized for rescue, deaths top 4,300

TOKYO (Kyodo) — Rescue and relief operations continued March 16 following the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami in Japan, with 80,000 Self-Defense Forces personnel, police officers and firefighters mobilized in the devastated areas, where temperatures have dropped to midwinter levels. The National Police Agency said it has confirmed 4,314 deaths in 12 prefectures, as of midnight […]

How you can help (a partial list)

Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco The Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco has established a bank account to accept donations. Donations are planned to be remitted to the Japanese Red Cross Society. Send a check payable to Consulate General of Japan, attention to “Japan Earthquake Relief Fund” and send them to the […]

Nikkei rush to aid victims during time of need

The Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC) has received more than $150,000 in donations, just a few days after launching the Northern Japan Earthquake Relief Fund March 11, following the 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami that struck Northern Japan the same day. This outpouring of support is the “Japanese American community’s response,” said […]

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