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Professor Aug Nishizaka's Message

(April 17, 2011)

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Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Thank you very much for your concern for our life after the disaster which attacked Japan one month ago.

The Tokyo area, where I live, has not been so much affected so far, but, as you read in news articles or see on
TV news, people from the more eastern areas, in particular, those areas directly affected by the tsunami and the
nuclear power plant, have been forced to lead a very hard life. (As of the 15th of April, the death toll rises to more
than 13,000, and the missing toll to more than 15,000. Also, about 130,000 people still live at shelters.)

You may be interested in making a donation for the support of those refuges and the restoration of the heavily
affected areas. I will provide a list of some donation sites below.

I also would like to draw your attention to what happened (due) to the nuclear power plant in Fukushima. The
Japanese government and the Electric Power Companies all over the country have been promoting nuclear power
for decades. (We now have 18 plants and 55 reactors in this very vulnerable soil -- and two more reactors are under
construction and still eleven more are planned to be built; they currently provide about 24 percent of electricity in Japan.)
They have been saying that nuclear power is clean and safe. However, now it has turned out that it is neither clean nor
safe. Whether this magnitude of disaster was predictable or unpredictable is not the point; it happened. As you know, a
substantial amount of radioactive materials have been emitted into the atmosphere and the sea. Furthermore, what we have
been witnessing is the destruction of many people's ordinary life. A substantial number (i.e., tens of thousands) of people were
forced to evacuate from the affected areas, because of the contamination of the soil, the water and the air, and they do not even
know when they can return to their own homes. (Not only this; some people would not be able to evacuate because they need to
take care of a family member who cannot move, or domestic animals.) Also, many workers remain in the extremely dangerous
condition to prevent the worst results. We are now living under the fear without knowing what will happen next. I would
appreciate it if you could have chances to voice your thoughts about nuclear power in your countries, in those dependent on
nuclear power in particular. I think we have some alternatives to it, including changing a little bit of our way of living -- from
being too much dependent on electricity.

Aug Nishizaka

List of Donation Sites

JAPANESE RED CROSS
http://www.jrc.or.jp/english/relief/l4/Vcms4_00002070.html
(They have started to distribute the collected donations to the affected individuals according to the criteria established by a
governmental committee.)

If you like to support particular activities by some organizations:

OXFAM JAPAN
http://oxfam.jp/en/2011/03/emergency_appeal_for_earthquak.html
(They work through local accountable organizations to cover areas that are not well covered by existing supports)

DISASTERS AND PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES OR ILLNESS
http://www.arsvi.com/d/d102011-e.htm
(They are an organization which has been supporting independent living for people with disabilities, and use the donations for
activities to support the people with disabilities affected by the disaster.)

JANIC
http://www.janic.org/news/japanese_ngos_are_taking_action.php
(They are an association of Japanese NGO's. They distribute the donations to Japanese NGO's who have been working for the
affected people.)

If you like to make a donation through an international organization which is more familiar to you:

AMERICAN RED CROSS
http://american.redcross.org/site/PageServer?pagename=ntld_main&s_src=RSG00100E013&s_subsrc=ONR_MainDonateButton
(Or visit the Red Cross or Red Crescent site in your region.)

SAVE THE CHILDREN
https://secure.savethechildren.org/site/c.8rKLIXMGIpI4E/b.6239401/k.C01C/Global_Action_Fund/apps/ka/sd/donor.asp

UNICEF
https://secure.unicefusa.org/site/Donation2?df_id=9640&9640.donation=form1

INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL CORPS
https://www.internationalmedicalcorps.org/SSLPage.aspx?pid=341

GLOBAL GIVING
http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/japan-earthquake-tsunami-relief/

SALVATION ARMY
https://secure20.salvationarmy.org/donation.jsp

DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS
https://donate.doctorswithoutborders.org/SSLPage.aspx?pid=240&hbc=1

AMERICARES
http://www.americares.org/whatwedo/emergency/japan/japan-earthquake-tsunami.html

SHELTERBOX USA
http://www.shelterboxusa.org/news.php?id=613

MERCY CORPS
https://www.mercycorps.org/donate/japan

PEACE-WINDS JAPAN
http://www.peace-winds.org/en/

OPERATION USA
http://www.opusa.org/news/news-release-tsunami-hits-japan-after-massive-earthquake%E2%80%93opusa-prepares-aid/

INTERNATIONAL FUND FOR ANIMAL WELFARE
http://www.ifaw.org/ifaw_united_states/


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