Thursday, March 17, 2011
When I traveled to Japan last year for the 2010 World Conference Against Atomic and Hydrogen Bombs it was at the invitation of the organization Gensuikyo, who were the lead in organizing the entire multiday and multicity event. They did an excellent job about organizing what must have been a logistical nightmare, but have had plenty of experience since they have been putting together these events for more than 30 years.
I received an email from Gensuikyo earlier today, thanking people from around the world (in particular in the anti-nuclear community) for their emails and offers of support in the past week. I thought I'd share it below:
Thank you very much for your warm messages and support to us. Your messages are of great encouragement to us and all victims of the disaster. We have translated your messages into Japanese and passed them on to the victims and all Japanese people.
The damage caused by earthquakes and subsequent tsunami is so horrible. All buildings were swept away. Thousands of bodies are found every day. The number of those dead and are missing is expected to be more than 11,500. The evacuees have increased more than 450,000. They are forced to stay at shelters with not enough food, water, cloths, oil for heaters and gas for cars, etc.
In addition to that, the frightening accident of Fukushima power plants is threatening the safety of people and their uneasiness is growing.
The municipalities and citizens of the damage struck areas have so far given strong support to our signature campaigns for abolition of nuclear weapons, our peace marches and the World Conference against A and H Bombs. We have to help them when they are suffering.
Japan Council against A and H Bombs (Gensuikyo) set up an account and called on Japanese people to donate to help the victimized people and areas.
Postal Money Order
Account No.: 00110-9-1780
Account Name: Japan Council against A and H Bombs (Gensuikyo)
If you wish to donate or send support to the victims, we can accept your donation at the above account. We will transfer your donation to the victims or/and we will send necessary goods and services to the victimized people and areas.
Thank you in advance for your support and cooperation. If there is any questions/requests, please do not hesitate to ask us.
Assistant Secretary General