Mar 11, 2011

Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami

Hello to all the readers of this fine blog. It's Kuma-chan and I've come here to ask for your help today.

As you may know, an 8.9 magnitude earthquake hit the waters near Japan at 2.46 pm local time on March 11, 2011. This earthquake triggered a tsunami which resulted in massive destruction and the loss of many lives in Japan.

As fans of anime and manga, we are indebted to the people of Japan for what they give us. The mangakas, assistors, editors, producers, composers, singers, publishing companies...this list is endless. Many people work hard to bring us the entertainment we seek. Many times we are not able to do anything to thank these people. But now we have a chance to express our gratitude.

I would like to ask you to please make a donation to the relief efforts. It doesn't have to be large. A few cents, a dollar. Anything. Even if you cannot personally donate, it would be really helpful if you pass on the message and encourage those who can to donate. If every person in the world outside of Japan donated one dollar, we would have billions of dollars. The power of our collective effort can eclipse all individual endeavours. So let's work together to give back to the country that has given us so much.

There are many options for donation. I personally recommend the Red Cross. You can check out your country's Red Cross website for more information and other forms of payment. There is also the Salvation Army. You can specify the use of your donation on their form.

If you would like to post information about other ways to donate, please post a link in the comments.

For some information on the earthquake and tsunami, please see the BBC.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Japanese people in this difficult time.