by Ward Mullens, Published April 11, 2011
YPSILANTI - Members of the Eastern Michigan University Japanese Student Association (JSA) have raised $3,729 to help with relief efforts after the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan March 22.
"The money will be donated to the American Red Cross," said Mikuni Mishina, treasurer for the EMU JSA, which has about 40-50 unofficial members.
Contributions can still be made by sending an e-mail to Mishina at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The American Red Cross has made an initial contribution of $10 million to the Japanese Red Cross Society to assist in its ongoing efforts to provide medical care and relief assistance. The American Red Cross also is funding approximately half of the United Nations World Food Programme's logistical operation in Japan.
Immediately following the tragedy in Japan, EMU JSA members set up a table at the EMU student center
"Unfortunately, a lot of Japanese exchange students are going back to Japan after this semester, so we will not have a big event for the relief effort," Mishina said. "However, we are planning to collaborate with the Japanese Student Association at the University of Michigan to sell T-shirts and/or wrist bands to raise more money."
Mishina said keeping the tragedy in front of people is very important.
"A lot of media are not talking about the tsunami and earthquake any more, so we would like to tell people more about the current conditions in Japan, which is still having a lot of aftershocks, and many people are still missing," Mishina said.