Sunday, March 13, 2011

Disaster Relief for Japan

No doubt many of you are seeing and hearing about the devastating effects of the recent earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan a few days back. It is perhaps the worst natural disaster to ever happen to the island nation. To keep up with current news I recommend following it through the BBC.

As you might expect, there will be delays of manga, anime, games and event cancellations etc. coming out in Japan due to the current situation. Even game servers that run online games such as Metal Gear Online have been shut down. This is all part of an effort to conserve electricity due to the destability of their infrastructure and shutting down of nuclear power plants for safety. So hopefully everyone will be understanding and considerate due to what is taking place.

As a reference of interest, the campaign to conserve electricity is named 'Operation Yashima' after a famous episode from the anime Neon Genesis Evangelion where the entire nation of Japan went on a total blackout in order to divert electrical energy to a positron sniper rifle used by Eva Unit-01 to defeat an alien threath. You can read more about it here. Of other interest is that anime composer Yokko Kanno, has composed a new song to support the Quake victims. You can hear and learn about it here.

Please offer your prayers for the people of Japan and if you are able, please donate money as well. Be careful to whom you donate money to as there are people out there who will take advantage of this tragedy to scam you. For a list of reputable organizations, ANN has a list here. I'd recommend the Red Cross and also the Salvation Army.