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Charity For Japan – Thank You!

April 1, 2011

Thank you to all those who have passed along donation for Japan disaster relief. Over $700 was raised ($745 to be exact), which by current conversion rates comes out to about 60,000 yen.

I talked with my wife, and as there is a lot of mis-information for private relief and donations spreading on the web, we both decided that the best course of option is to donate to an official source. We will research this over the weekend and make the money transfer on Monday. Rest assured that since this is internal within Japan, your donations will go directly towards disaster relief for those who were affected.

I want to extend a very heartfelt thank you to everyone who contributed, allowing me to do something to help out in this great time of need. I would also like to say that here in Japan, we’re all gonna be okay. Between the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear crisis Japan took some pretty hard hits – some people’s lives are forever changed, some people will continue to be greatly inconvenienced over the coming months/years. But I have no doubt in the ability of the Japanese people to bounce back and recover from this.

Please note that as of this posting, I will consider donations towards disaster relief to be closed. Any further donations from now on I will consider personal donations to me. Which I would be very grateful for (buy something nice for Anna!), but again, I wasn’t really affected by any of the disasters so don’t worry too much about me.

Disasters are a very tragic, sudden, and unavoidable part of life. It’s a bit chilling to think that you can go through life everyday, be a good person and generally do nothing wrong, but lose everything just because you or the ones you love were in the wrong place at the wrong time. With a family of my own now, it’s absolutely heartbreaking to hear about those who lost loved ones during this crisis. It is very saddening, but at the same time I feel happy that in times like these, people can come together, put aside differences, and work to help each other get back on our feet and rebuild. It’s a reminder that life isn’t perfect, but we’re all doing the best we can.

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