We’ve gotten a few questions about how alumni can actually help out “on the ground.” Here are some possibilities: Volunteer to Interpret There is an opportunity for those of you with Japanese ability. The Japanese Association of Translators (JAT) is assembling a list of volunteer interpreters to help in the aftermath of the earthquake and
For those of you who are interested in supporting the relief efforts, you may want to consider the relief fund of JCCCNC, a strong local partner of JETAANC. You can click this link or click the link at the top of the page to donate.
Additional Earthquake Resources In addition, for information on the whereabouts and welfare of family and friends in Japan, please consult the State Department website website or call the toll free number 1-888-407-4747, or 1-202-501-4444. Valuable updates and information can also be found on the U.S. Embassy in Japan’s website: http://japan.usembassy.gov/ Additional resources are listed here and here.
If you know someone that may have been affected by the earthquakes or tsunamis in Japan please use Google’s person finder to either find information about them or post information about those you know there.
Past JETAANC President Rod McLeod has updated the JETAAUSA website with some helpful information about ongoing disaster in Japan. I’m sure that everyone heard about the earthquake in Japan. For those of you that aren’t familiar with the Richter scale, the 1989 earthquake in San Francisco was a 6.9 earthquake; today’s earthquake in Japan was 8.9.