WASHINGTON — Gerald Yamada, president of the Japanese American Veterans Association (JAVA), has sent a letter of support to Japanese Ambassador to the U.S. Ichiro Fujisaki.
“We are saddened by the news of the destructive earthquake and tsunami that have resulted in enormous losses to Japan,” Yamada wrote. “On behalf of the Japanese American Veterans Association, I am conveying our wishes for an expeditious recovery for Japan from these horrific events. We share the spirit of hope with the Japanese people …
“As the recovery and rebuilding efforts progress in Japan, we know that the inner strength and determination of the Japanese people will give renewed hope to overcome the devastation experienced over the past few days. Our hopes and prayers are with the Japanese people.”
In his response, Fujisaki acknowledged the “terrible” situation, expressed the hope that rescue and resettlement efforts will be successful, and gave “appreciation for your friendship.”
In remarks carried by U.S. network newscasts, the ambassador said he is grateful for the aid and comfort extended to his country.
If you wish to make a financial donation to help the victims in Japan, the following are some options that have been suggested by the Japanese government:
For cash donations, send checks to American Red Cross, 2025 E St., NW; Washington, D.C. 20006.
For online donations, send email to [email protected].
For donations by phone, call 1-800-REDCROSS.
For texting, text “Japan” or “Quake” to 80888 to make a $10 donation that will be added to your cell phone bill.