With news of continuing aftershocks, and a period of one month that has passed for Japan, there has been a momentum of people supporting, and encouraging support. So this is going to be a slight mix of things that I found to be of an encouraging interest on Japanese news, and not all manga related, otherwise I’ll post it to Anime Diet.
These are news tweet I picked up from @stevenagata
Tokyo Tower lights up with the words of Ganbaro Nippon!
Kobe Okura Hotel and Kobe Pirt Tower also lights up words of support, Fight-to Nihon!
Sasaki Hisashi, Editor for Shonen Jump shared this video on Youtube.
AKB48 shares about three videos of nearly all AKB48 girls all saying Gambaro Nippon!
In Japan, as the stories are still unfolding, stories of grief, or unity. There is desperate need for money, supplies, and support. Over 90 countries have pledge their support for Japan. Even with the situation still happened for Japan. One thing reminds, Japan still needs support!
Now even as I work toward preparing for next weekend’s Aria MMF, work on articles for Fanboy.com or batter around ideas for Anime Diet. This is one story I still feel is important to share. The charity work and fund raising promotion that I have noticed that are in the midst of forming.
Deb of About.com mentions about manga artists contribution.
Reverse Thieves mentions of an American fans/otakus collaborating with charity efforts.
Japanese Manga Artists are contributing doujinshi for fund raising efforts.
Japan Society in New York sets up a page of where you can donate to. Japan Society in my opinion always has interesting lectures, and movies on Japanese relevant topics that you can go see, when you are in the city.
Anime News Network lists sites for relief effort donations.
With the news happening in Japan, I have definitely relied more on Twitter to provide me with news of what has been happening. Western media are at the moment, days late. So Japan is currently operating at normal schedule at the moment. However, with the boom of the internet, and social media.. what an elusive rush that being aware of news and the need to talk about it… can probably bring in a Trojian Horse scenario. This phrase usage is in relation to Homer’s story, not the computer scenario.
I have been mostly rt-ing on the basics a basics of being aware of things occurring, in Japan. Commends to Twitter.com to actually still be able to run like this. Still though, statistics are not settled down as of yet, and warnings are still in effect. Tsunami warnings have been lifted.
I spoke with a friend in Japan, and there are several things to be mindful of, dealing with Twitter.
- Don’t panic.
- Stop rt-ing old/dated news.. since with the more people, there can be more unnecessary panic.
- Don’t spread false news, unless it is confirmed by reputable sources.
I have been mostly watching NHK World and Yokoso via UStream, so right now Tokyo is trying to maintain normal lives, and donations can be made through a variety of sources. At this time, America has sent a large ship, and this military operation is called Operation Tomodachi. It is definitely important to be aware, but to also be aware that continually surrounding yourself with this type of news is not a positive experience.
Please don’t call the affected areas, since phone communication is very tied up. If you do need to be aware of a Japanese Earthquake/Tsunami news, consult here, and possibly as a source of seeking information on foreigners living/working in Japan, here.