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HELP JAPAN 2011

Posted in Japan by Jae on March 16, 2011

Picture Source: Thewe

If you read my blog yesterday, you’d have seen that little segment I promised to talk about the ways we can help Japan.

This post will be extremely wordy, but please bear with me, I want you to get the best information I can offer.

Picture source: BGS

Now, we all know that a massive 9.0 earthquake (upgraded from the original 8.9 estimate, press release by US Geological Service found HERE) recently hit Japan, if you haven’t yet heard about it:

Quick summary:
A magnitude 9.0 Earthquake hit on March 11 closest to the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

Technical data about the quake:
US Geological Service
has an excellent summary of data about the quake and the areas hardest hit.

Other information:
1) Reports about the explosion at Fukushima Daichi have been confirmed by the Japanese Nuclear and Safety Industry.

2) Radiation has been leaking into the air and according to the International Atomic Energy Agency, as of March 15, 2011 (22.30 UTC), the Japanese government has confirmed the evacuation of the population within a 20KM radius of Fukushima Daichi and distribution of iodine tablets.
(Extra source: http://www.nisa.meti.go.jp/english/files/en20110314-3.pdf)

How you may be affected:
1) Travel warnings have been released by many countries including Australia and United States, urging people to cancel non-essential trips to Japan.
2) Food coming in from Japan will have to undergo radiation screening in some countries like Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore and South Korea.
3) If you have friends or family in Japan that you are concerned about, please head down to this people finder site.

More links out:
1) NISA : http://www.nisa.meti.go.jp/english/index.html
2) Reuters.com : http://www.reuters.com/places/japan

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HOW CAN I HELP?
1) Keep calm.

2) Read widely across MULTIPLE RELIABLE news agencies and do your research at the respective referenced sites.
Reuters and the Associated Press are reliable sources that are trusted even by journalists internationally. You may also refer to the respective agencies that are cited in the articles. And always remember that search engines are your best friends.

3) Do NOT post information based on hearsay.
This could potentially cause panic, it will also severely impact your future credibility as a source.

4) Feel free to discuss the event on social media but read comments with a critical mind.
Not everything said online or otherwise can be trusted because information can get twisted (by mistake or deliberate attempt) especially if it cannot be backed up with sources. Always read for sources and if in doubt, ask for them.

5) Be sensitive towards the event.

6) Donate generously and encourage your friends and family to do the same.
I’m getting to this.

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I WANT TO DONATE TO JAPAN.
(i) I’m in Singapore and I want to donate locally
Method #1:
Mercy Relief is currently accepting donations:

CHEQUE

Crossed to ‘Mercy Relief Limited’, indicating ‘Japan Quake and Tsunami Relief’ on the reverse, and send to 160 Lorong 1 Toa Payoh #01-1568, Singapore 310160

CASH
Present personally at 160 Lorong 1 Toa Payoh #01-1568, Singapore 310160

ATM TRANSFER/INTERNET BANKING
Transfer donations directly to Mercy Relief’s DBS Current Account 054-900493-6

CREDIT CARD
Via eNets here

Method #2

Picture credits: GAMBATTEJAPAN

Join us at the GambatteJapan Singapore event at BluJaz Cafe (shoutout to Nic’s aunt for always being so generous and also to Rina once again for the awesome invitation) at BALI LANE (the nearest MRT stations is BUGIS MRT, it’s within walking distance of the station because it faces the main road)

HOW TO GET THERE

Visit the GambatteJapan Singapore Facebook page and save the hashtag search #GJSin on twitter for live updates about the event.

The group will be collecting donations and selling various items like CDs during the events. All proceeds will go back to Mercy Relief.

(ii) I‘m in Singapore/another country. I want to donate online
I’ve placed a list of sites in one of my segment below, published by Charity Navigator, do check that out. Among the sites most trusted by Charity Navigator, we have Action Against Hunger, the AJJDC and AmeriCares.

(iii) I want to donate DIRECTLY TO JAPAN
Sure. I pulled this off the Japanese Red Cross Site:

We heartily appreciate your kind offer of donation.If you wish your fund to be distributed directly among the affected population of the earthquake and tsunami, please direct your fund to the following bank account. If you need the receipt of your fund, please state so clearly in the comment section of the bank transfer order. All the fund received under this account will be transferred to the Distribution Committee, which is formed around the local government of the disaster-affected prefecture and to administer the distribution of fund.

Name of Bank: Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Name of Branch: Ginza

Account No.: 8047670 (Ordinary Account)

SWIFT Code: SMBC JP JT

Payee Name: The Japanese Red Cross Society, Donation for Japan earthquake/tsunami

Payee Address: 1-1-3 Shiba-Daimon Minato-ku, Tokyo JAPAN

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HOW DO I AVOID GETTING SCAMMED (INTERNATIONAL AND LOCAL)?
1) Do your research
Realize that while many agencies may be calling for aid, there is no guarantee that it will arrive in Japan unless they have liased with the Japanese government. So it would make more sense for you to pledge your money to organizations that have already pledged relief.

2) Check the site’s credentials
Check on the reliability and ranking of the sites before donating. You want to make sure your money goes to the right place.

Sites like Charity Navigator and GuideStar are charity organization watchdogs that have a listed ranking of the organizations that are reliable to donate to.

3) If you spot a fraudulent site, report it.
If you’re in the US, head HERE.
If you’re elsewhere, report it to your Department of Justice.

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I WANT TO CHECK IF  THE SITE IS RIGHT
Head down to Charity Navigator or Guidestar.

Charity Navigator has a comprehensive list of organizations and  reviews of numerous charity organizations, ranking them by organization efficiency and capacity. According to the site, the following organizations are collecting relief funds for Japan:

I personally donated to MercyCorps and will be donating again to UNICEF and I encourage you to pick an organization off this list and donate generously, loves.

And if you receive a text message or an email claiming to be collecting funds for a certain organization, google the name and locate the site because there are unscrupulous people who will create “charities” with names that sounds very similar to the original organization to scam people. DO NOT JUST REPLY WITH YOUR DONATION.

LINKS OUT TO SITES WITH INFORMATION ABOUT PREVENTING SCAMS:
Japan Earthquake: Avoid fundraising scams
Did Your Donation Really Reach Japan? (Probably Not.)

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Questions you might have
Should I give money or should I send blankets and the works?

In times like these where even shipping out from the country is difficult, it might be wiser to donate cash rather than rations and supplies because it would simply take too long for these to reach them. Shipping costs would also be very high and it would be difficult for us to determine 100% what they actually need right now.

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IMPORTANT NOTE:
The information here was gathered from sources all across the Internet and is ABSOLUTELY NOT exhaustive. I DO NOT claim to be an expert on what happened in Japan. All information posted here is correct at the time of publishing.

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  1. suki.luna said, on March 16, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    thank you for sharing! (:

    • Jae said, on March 16, 2011 at 1:39 pm

      Hey sweety!!!
      ❤ No worries! Do support the cause yeah! ❤

  2. berries said, on March 16, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    heyy thanks for the info ^_^
    i have a friend who lives in Ibaraki and even though that prefecture wasn’t too hard hit as miyagi, i’m still really worried and i have no way of contacting her T____T
    i can’t stop watching NHK world…

    we gotta keep praying for japan!

    • Jae said, on March 16, 2011 at 2:48 pm

      Hey berries!
      >_< oh no… I really hope she's alright, love…
      -nodding- definitely!

    • Izumi said, on March 20, 2011 at 8:02 am

      My family also has friends in Ibaraki, and I assure you that they are all safe there for now! We managed to get into contact with them. Their main concern is for the radiation if it reaches them, however apart from that, Ibaraki is fine.

      • Jae said, on March 21, 2011 at 9:59 am

        Hey Izumi!!!!
        I’m really glad to hear that… >_< Do send my regards to them yeah?
        Stay safe…

  3. Rina said, on March 16, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    Yay for all the helpful information 😀

    See you and your friends at Blu Jaz tomorrow! I’ll be one of the photographers taking photos for the event. xD

    • Jae said, on March 16, 2011 at 2:49 pm

      Definitely love!
      See you there!!!! ❤

  4. Sylvia said, on March 16, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    Just donated!
    I donated through sites on Mizukitty’s blog.. 😀
    Mass communication sure is important!
    The best we can do now is to continue buying Japanese products to support their economy, because we can’t keep donating!
    “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”
    Chinese is really important.. XD

    • Jae said, on March 17, 2011 at 12:36 pm

      SYLVIA!!!!
      Awesome stuff babe! 😀 I’ll go check the links out now!

      Definitely buy Japanese product! Hurhur, I’ll never stop man. XD And haha, -loving our asian+chinese roots- it’s so important… I remember when I was overseas? I felt so much better when I found other Asian kids who could speak mandarin as well. XD Don’t know why but it just made me feel more at home.

      • Sylvia said, on March 17, 2011 at 2:35 pm

        Mizukitty is so sad nowadays!
        No picture for DAYYYYS T_T
        Only updates on the earthquake..
        And she asked readers to hear Anpanman no March.
        I’m like kinda, addicted!
        Not to take happiness for granted~

      • Jae said, on March 21, 2011 at 9:36 am

        SYLVIA!!!!!
        T_T I know right?! I think she’s really been quite affected by the quake… And -nodding- I think she’s such a sweet girl to raise so much awareness for the quake victims… T_T GO MIZUKITTY!!!!!!

  5. jodie said, on March 16, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    Yay~! Jae you duh awesomeeeee 😀

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