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News » News Articles » JAPAN NEEDS YOUR HELP!
News ArticlesMarch 15, 2011
Largest earthquake in Japanese history causes devastating tsunami and nuclear emergency. Check out ways to help!
Author: Kevin McKeever, Steve Yun

2011.03.18 UPDATE:

Event pulled off very nicely with busy crowd! We'd like to also thank Michael Sorich for showing up at the last minute! More information on other events and charities coming soon!

2011.03.16 UPDATE:

Tony Oliver, Melanie MacQueen and Tommy Yune will also be appearing at the We Heart Japan fundraising event, joining Richard Epcar, Ellyn Stern and Wendee Lee!

2011.03.15 ORIGINAL STORY:

On Friday March 11, 2011 Robotech and anime fans watched in horror as a reports of a devastating 9.0 magnitude earthquake struck 81 miles off of Japan's Northeast coast.


The earthquake, the largest in Japanese history, was felt over 200 miles away in downtown Tokyo. The quake was so powerful that skyscrapers were visibly swaying in in Tokyo and numerous fires broke out at industrial sites across the metro Tokyo area. The quake has caused major disruptions to auto, rail and air travel across the country. The earthquake has forced local utilities to begin a schedule of rolling blackouts to conserve power.


Within an hour after the shaking stopped the earthquake caused a massive tsunami which wrought massive destruction along a 670-kilometer (420 mi)-long stretch of Japan’s Pacific coastline of Japan's northern islands. There are reports that the tsunami ranged from 4-meters (13 ft) to 10 meters (33 ft) high from Iwate Prefecture to Miyagi Prefecture and went as far as six miles inland.

As of Tuesday, March 15th, NHK News in Japan reported 3,300 confirmed dead with tens of thousands missing and hundreds of thousands currently displaced or evacuated.


The tsunami caused major damage to the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant located in located in the town of Naraha and Tomioka in the Futaba District of Fukushima Prefecture. Despite the best efforts of the plant operators the plant has been rocked by several explosions and is now leaking radiation into the surrounding environment. This leakage of radiation has forced the government to evacuate approximately 200,000 people from a 20km radius around the power plant.


We are relieved to hear from Tatsunoko that all of their staff have been accounted for. The studio has been affected by blackouts, but has largely escaped serious damage from last week's quake.


The following are ways people can donate money to assist relief efforts in Japan:


This Thursday, March 17, 8PM to 11PM at Meltdown Comics in Hollywood, California, We Heart Japan will be holding a charity art auction, with 100% of all proceeds being transferred to the Japan NGO Earthquake Relief and Recovery Fund.

Voice actors that will be appearing to sign autographs include Richard Epcar (Robotech, Ghost in the Shell), Troy Baker (Generator Rex, Bleach), Wendee Lee (Cowboy Bebop, Haruhi Suzumiya, Bleach), Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (Naruto, Ghost in the Shell), Daran Norris (Team America, Fairly Odd Parents), Liam O’brien (Naruto, Dissidia 012: Final Fantasy, X-men: Destiny), Ellyn Stern (Blue Dragon, Bleach) with more to be announced on We Heart Japan's website.

Auction items for the event will include contributions from CruncyRoll, AM^2, Geneon, Bandai, Cosplay In America and Harmony Gold as well as artwork from artists Sam Randazzo, Cathy Clark, Sawdust Bear, Jo Ann, David Merti, Pinguino Kolb, Olivia Scheibe, Zane DeGaine and many more.

The event will be hosted by voice actress Stephanie Sheh (Bleach, Haruhi Suzumiya, Naruto) and artist Pinguino Kolb, and is located at 7522 West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, and will go from 8PM to 11PM.

For those in the Los Angeles area who are unable to make it to the event this Thursday, We Heart Japan is currently planning a second event. Please check back here for updates.


ANIME FANS GIVE BACK TO JAPAN is another fundraising drive from the anime community. They will be hosting a 24 hour marathon live podcast this Saturday, March 19th from 6PM EST to 6PM EST on Sunday, with funds collected by Global Giving. To donate directly to Global Giving under the "Anime Fans Give Back To Japan" page, click here Global Giving is endorsed by the NY Times and was selected because they give the option to track donations from the Anime community.

Fans in the United States can donate through the American Red Cross, Global Giving or the International Medical Corps.

Fans in the United States can also donate by cellphone!
- text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 to the American Red Cross
- text JAPAN to 50555 to donate $10 to Global Giving
- text MED to 80888 to donate $10 to the International Medical Corps

Fans in Canada can donate to the Canadian Red Cross

Fans in United Kingdom can donate to the British Red Cross

Fans in Australia can donate to the Australian Red Cross


Discuss how you can help in the forums

Get the latest news reports from Japan’s Kyodo News
Get the latest video reports from Japan from the NHK World Service

Check back here for updates on more fundraising events!


It's time for anime fans to give back to the country that's given us so much! We Heart Japan is hosting a charity auction this Thursday in Hollywood, with several voice actors attending and signing autographs such as Stephanie Sheh, Troy Baker, Daran Norris, Liam O'Brien and Mary Elizabeth McGlynn. Auction items will include art by local artists and items by Anime companies such as Geneon, AM2, CrunchyRoll and Bandai.

Confirmed Robotech guests include Richard Epcar (voice of Ben Dixon, Lunk, Vince Grant), Wendee Lee (voice of Vanessa Leeds), Melanie MacQueen (voice of Lisa Hayes, Marlene), Tony Oliver (voice of Rick Hunter), Ellyn Stern (additional voices), and Tommy Yune (director of Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles).

The Unofficial One Piece Podcast will also be holding an "Anime Fans Give Back to Japan" 24 hour marathon fundraiser podcast this Saturday!

Thankfully, the studios of Tatsunoko Production have escaped serious damage.
The We Heart Japan charity event will take place at Meltdown Comics in Hollywood, California on Thursday March 16, 2011.

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