As many of you may already know, southern Japan was hit with torrential rain last week, causing massive flooding and landslides. As a result, countless have been displaced or left to salvage the wreckage from ruined homes. The Japanese government has already begun rescue/relief efforts and has dedicated a fairly large sum in response to the disaster, but as you can see from coverage on the disaster by CNN , enough is never enough.
As residents of Japan (or the world in general), you can easily contribute to relief efforts. Thanks to several donations drives from some of Japan’s most reputable corporations, you can do so with minimal effort.
Using your Rakuten card, donations can be made from this page on the Rakuten website . Donations can also be made via other popular forms of credit card as well as bank tranfer.
You can donate through Yahoo Japan via this page on the Yahoo Japan website . Donations can be made via popular forms of credit card as well as with T-Points! The page is in Japanese, so you will need to use Google translate or some other translation extension.
Line has made it simple to donate straight from your smartphone. Follow the directions on this page on the Line blog . The service allows you to donate with Line Points or Line Pay. This page is also in Japanese, so again, you will need to use Google translate or some other translation extension.
I’ll try to keep this post updated with even more ways to get involved over time. At the time of writing this post, it was suggested not to send physical items such as clothes yet as rescue efforts are still underway, and delivery will only serve to congest traffic.