MAN UP FOR JAPAN: Give To Charities Here and Abroad

Courtesy of National AJET:

The earthquake and tsunami in Japan have been described by Prime Minister Kan as the worst crisis Japan has faced since the Second World War. For those lucky enough to live in unaffected areas, people are settling back into their normal routines. However, many have not been so lucky.

Japan has been good to all of us. It has given us a home, many new friends and more opportunities than we can possibly count. And the country needs …our help now, so please ‘MAN UP FOR JAPAN.’

Payday is coming up on Friday for many of us — and when it does, if you can afford it, we ask that the first thing you do with your pay check is to donate ‘a man’ (一万円, 10,000 yen) to the Japanese Red Cross Society, the AJET Relief Fund, or any other organization of your choice. (We’ve included a handy list of organizations and easy ways to donate below).

10,000 yen may seem like a lot of money, but if you donate it as soon as pay day comes it’s easy to budget. If everyone donates on Friday, it has the potential to help the relief effort in a very big way. Giving 一万円 really isn’t much after everything that Japan has given us.

Information about the AJET Relief Fund and how to donate directly to JET participant needs.

You can donate money to the Japanese Red Cross Society at Family Mart:
Step 1. Use the machines where you can buy tickets.
Step 2. Look for this Kanji 募金 [boukin]. (The button has a heart and wings)
Step 3. Confirmation page (you can’t get this money back etc.)
Step 4. Choose amount.
Step 5. Take receipt to the counter and pay.

You can also donate to the Japanese Red Cross Society online

Other Organizations in Japan
Peace Winds Japan
Good Neighbours


International Red Cross Appeals for Earthquake/Tsunami Relief:
New Zealand

You can also easily donate to the American Red Cross via your iTunes or accounts:

Thanks in advance for supporting the Japan earthquake and tsunami relief effort!


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