Japanese Red Cross Mission in Light of the Disasters

Japanese Red Cross Tent

The American Red Cross has been responding to the Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami. The earthquake triggered fires and caused severe damage to buildings, leaving millions without power and water. According to the Japan’s National Police Agency, the combined death toll from the earthquake and the tsunami was raised to around 21,000 with 8,540 confirmed deaths and 12,931 are still missing.

The instability and the explosions of the nuclear reactions this week led to the evacuation of over 200,000 people from the exclusion zone surrounding the Fukushima nuclear power plant locations. The normal practice for disaster provides for the installation of Red Cross station managers at Military Emergency Operation Centers. Red Cross team members staffed at the Yokota Air Base, Japan provides canteen services for inbound military rescue and relief personnel.

Traditionally, the Red Cross provides emergency care for victims of natural disasters and depends on charitable donations to feed and provide shelter to people affected by devastating events over all parts of the world.

In the wake of Japan’s recent events, the Red Cross officials are encouraging U.S. service members and families posted in the area to register with an online resource intended to keep families and friends back home informed of their welfare. The “Safe and Well” website is sponsored by the Red Cross and supported by the U.S. armed services. The website is available at http://redcross.org.

In the northeast coast of Honshu, which is Japan’s largest island, more than 300,000 people are living in shelters, a million homes are without water, and more than 14,000 buildings are completely destroyed. There are additional sum of over 100,000 buildings severely damaged.

The Japanese Red Cross is highly trained and large in number with over 2 million volunteer nationwide. The global Red Cross network consists of 185 national societies. All 47 of the Japanese Red Cross Society’s prefectural branches have basic nuclear, chemical, and biological decontamination teams and equipment. Their assortment of inventory includes special tents in which radioactive material can be washed off people who have been exposed to radiation. However, much of this equipment is located in hospitals and can decontaminate a limited number of patients who may then be admitted into the hospital.

The American Red Cross provided the Japanese Red Cross with an initial donation of $10 million last week. Settle Mariners’ right-fielder, Ichiro Suzuki, donated 100 million yen or $1.24 million last week as well. ESPN has reported that the Mariners will dedicate the proceeds raised from their first 6 regular season games for the victims of the tragedy. The Mariners will generously match all proceeds gathered from the fans of the designated series of home games ear-marked for the victim fund.

Nintendo Corporation, the manufacturer of hand-held and television console gaming devices has also pledged $3.7 million in relief efforts.

If your organizational affiliations do not collect donations or you wish to send your donations directly to the Japanese Red Cross Society, please direct your funds to the following bank account. If receipt of donation is required, please state so clearly in the comment section of the bank transfer order. All the funds received under this account will be transferred to the Distribution Committee, which is formed around the local government of the disaster-affected prefecture and will be distributed directly among the affected population of earthquake and tsunami.

 Name of Bank: Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation
 Name of Branch: Ginza
 Account No.: 8047670 (Ordinary Account)
 SWIFT Code: SMBC JP JT
 Payee Name: The Japanese Red Cross Society
 Payee Address: 1-1-3 Shiba-Daimon Minato-ku, Tokyo JAPAN