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Jennifer Batten / Blog

Japan one month after the Tsunami

I'm currently sitting in my hotel room in Fukuoka Japan, safely many miles from the Sendai disaster. Originally I was scheduled to be in Sendai for part of my annual Japan tour of the Jikei music schools. Their opening ceremonies take place in 7 different cities every April while the cherry blossums are in bloom. It's usually a very inspiring time for the country, and for myself. This time is different. The USA news diverted from the Japan disaster when the middle east crisis took over the airwaves, but Japan is still very much in need of help. The Sendai school I was to attend is still standing and all but one student survived. The school staff took a truck load of supplies from Fukuoka north to Sendai. It's still difficult to navigate in some streets. The street the missing student lived on is submerged. There are 83 orphaned children, and countless survivors who are now homeless and without a livelihood. Farmers lost their tools and land, fisherman lost their boats. One week after the Haiti quake donations reached $275 million and Katrina donations reached $522 million. Sadly, Japan's donations were a mere $89 million. It will be some time before Japan gets back on it's feet, so please donate: http://www.jrc.or.jp/english/relief/l4/Vcms4_00002070.html