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Dear Friends,

The Japanese Community Center of Northern California (, the Japantown Merchants Association and also the National Japanese American Historical Society here in San Francisco have set up a Northern Japan Earthquake Relief Fund. You can donate directly on the Facebook Causes page at

They did this for the Kobe earthquake in 1995 and sent $600,000 in cash and supplies. They work directly with local NGOs in Japan – the money is wired directly to them. I would recommend this as a good place to donate funds if you’re so inclined.

Also learn more about local events, matching funds, and recent donors on the JCCCNC Facebook page:

JCCCNC director Paul Osaki has given an update on the progress of the fund here:

They’ve already sent $130,000 to Japan.

Also, The National Japanese American Citizens League has joined with Direct Relief International to support the relief effort through the Japan Relief and Recovery Fund.

In short, if you wish to donate, please consider giving to either of these combined relief funds. Thanks.