Call for Donation to Support Earthquake & Tsunami Victims in Japan.


Dear Colleagues:

As you may already know, our home country Japan experienced a historical magnitude earth quake and huge tsunami (Tohoku-Kanto Earth Quake), followed by a nuclear accident. Some of us experienced the Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake 16 years ago.   Being Japanese, along with those who have a strong relationship to Japan, we want to do something meaningful to help the people who were hard hit by this disaster.

What we can directly do from this side of ocean is limited, so we want to announce a donation effort we are organizing together. We hope a little bit of help from everyone accumulates to generate a
“TSUNAMI OF GOODWILL” for the victims trying to survive this hardship.
Your active participation would be really appreciated.


There are several different ways to make a donation to the relief fund for the earth quake victims.


1.  Cash or Check to be donated directly to Japan

A donation box has been set up in the Discovery Room (11-187) on Moos Tower 11th floor.

(cash or check (Payable to Masato Yamamoto with note of earthquake on the check))

Full amount will be sent to Japan (either regional government supervised relief funds set up in each affected prefecture (Miyagi, Iwate, Aomori, or Fukushima) or Japanese Red Cross which is main body supporting victims in the affected area).  Please note, because of the nature of the donation, a receipt will not be available for tax purposes.


2.  Direct Donation to Japanese Red Cross

100% of the funds go to Japan and are used for crisis response by the Japanese Red Cross. It is very easy. Go to http://www.google.co.jp/intl/en/crisisresponse/japanquake2011.html and put the amount in YEN for Japanese Red Cross and continue. Currently, the conversion is about 1$=80Yen. (e.g. 20$=1600yen, 100$=8,000yen)  You can pay with credit card via Google Checkout.

They will issue a receipt in English. There is no guarantee, but it is anticipated that US congress will pass a bill to recognize donation to Japanese charity deductible in your tax return, like they did for Haiti.


3.  US relief organizations for the victims

These are easy and tax deductible. However, if money is donated in excess of what they can use in Japan, it will be used in their general outreach. This happened in several organizations in the case of Haiti.  

You can easily donate to UNICEF or Save the Children via Google Checkout.



Salvation Army - Website: https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org

The Salvation Army in Japan has three emergency service relief teams working in areas affected by the earthquake and tsunami.


UNICEF - Website: http://www.unicefusa.org

The U.S. Fund for UNICEF is raising funds to help children in Japan impacted by the recent earthquake and tsunami.


Save the Children: Website: http://savethechildren.org

Save the Children is mobilizing its global resources to respond to the needs of children and families affected by the earthquake and its aftermath, and an international emergency team has been dispatched to assist staff in Japan.


Red Cross: Website: http://www.redcross.org

The American Red Cross is supporting the Japanese Red Cross in their response to the impact of the earthquake and tsunami disaster.


We appreciate your help!


List of Co-Issuers of This Letter (alphabetical order)

Hideki Aihara, Ph.D.                         Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics

Hiroshi Hiasa, Ph.D.                        Pharmacology, Masonic Cancer Ctr

Fumiaki Katagiri, Ph.D.                    Department of Plant Biology

Yasuhiko Kawakami, Ph.D.            Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Development, Stem Cell Institute,

                                                              Masonic Cancer Ctr

Naoko Koyano-Nakagawa, Ph.D.  Lillehei Heart Institute, Masonic Cancer Ctr, Stem Cell Institute

Ryoko Kuriyama, Ph.D.                    Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Development, Masonic Cancer Ctr

Hiroshi Matsuo, Ph.D.                      Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics

R. Scott McIvor, Ph.D.                       Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Development, Masonic Cancer Ctr

Hiroshi Nakato, Ph.D.                      Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Development, Masonic Cancer Ctr

Yasushi Nakagawa, M.D., Ph.D.    Neuroscience

Naoko Shima, Ph.D.                         Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Development, Masonic Cancer Ctr

Thomas Stoffregen, Ph.D.               Center of Connitive Sciences, School of Kinesiology

Saeko Takada, Ph.D.                        Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics

Masato Yamamoto, MD, PhD.         Department of Surgery, Masonic Cancer Ctr

Yoichi Watanabe, Ph.D.                    Department of Therapeutic Radiology, Masonic Cancer Ctr


Masato Yamamoto, MD, PhD
Co-Director, Associate Professor
Division of Basic and Translational Research
Department of Surgery, University of Minnesota

e-mail: yamam016@umn.edu

Office:  612-624-9131
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