A letter from Japan


Thank you to everyone who took part in the conversation last year and helped me put together this post about online and mobile disaster relief efforts for Japan. Grant, It has been a year since devastating earthquake and tsunami hit in east Japan. Sincerely Yours, Japan AMC.

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TechSoup Japan Disaster Relief Program Launches to Assist Local NGOs

Tech Soup Blog

The Great East Japan Earthquake occurred 7 weeks and 4 days ago. The nonprofit sector in Japan has a major role to play now in providing services and support to the devastated local communities. TechSoup Japan will contact the organization regarding its eligibility in about one week.

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Trending Sources

Want to help Japan? Send a text message.

Mobile Commons

We’ve been following coverage of the disaster in Japan as the magnitude of the damage continues to grow. First the earthquake, then the tsunami and now the reports of a nuclear disaster at Fukushima mean that the people in Japan need all the help they can get to even begin recovery efforts.

The NPTech Response to Japan


Flickr photo: Logan was his name-o It's been just a few hours since one of the largest recorded earthquakes and subsequent tsunami hit off the coast of Japan. Our hearts go out to the people of Japan.

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Latest Resources to Help Japan's Earthquake and Tsunami Victims


Looking to help the victims of the Japan earthquake and Tusanmi, but don’t know where to start? “ Vonage , a provider of voice-over-internet-protocol communications, also said it will waive per-minute calling charges from 830 pm March 11 until 830 pm (EST) March 18 for customers call from their Vonage home phones to Japan.

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Apple & Microsoft Take Different Approaches to Japan Relief

AFP Blog

Apple & Microsoft Take Different Approaches to Japan Relief: "First up, Microsoft. The company tweeted a plea on its Bing search engine Twitter account, offering to donate up to $100,000 for earthquake victims, but under one condition: that users would retweet the message, which would result in Microsoft increasing its donations by one dollar per retweet

Donors needed for our friends in Japan. Will you help?

Connection Cafe

It’s just few days after the worst earthquake ever recorded in Japan, followed by a devastating tsunami and still uncertain consequences around affected nuclear plants, and many of us are thinking about how we can help. I’m thinking about Japan a lot this week because I lived in the Kansai area (about 3 hours southwest of Tokyo on the bullet train) for 4 years. People may be thinking that because Japan is more developed the need is less. Author: Molly Brooksbank.

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Crowdfunding helps revive quake-hit small businesses in Japan | The Japan Times

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Crowdfunding helps revive quake-hit small businesses in Japan | The Japan Times

Resources & Support for Japan Earthquake


Thoughts and prayers to those impacted by Japan''s earthquake and tsunami. For official updates on the nuclear reactors in Japan, go to International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA ; the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency, NISA ; and to the Tokyo Electric Power Company for a list of regular updates. For those trying to reconnect friends and family, use the Red Cross Safe and Well site via the web or mobile (deployed on VisionLink''s CommunityOS software).

Disaster-relief vending machines on the rise - The Japan News

AFP Blog

Disaster-relief vending machines on the rise - The Japan News : When the Great East Japan Earthquake hit on March 11, 2011, Coca-Cola Japan Co. took advantage of the remote control functions on about 400 disaster-relief vending machines, equipped with batteries for backup, in the Tokyo metropolitan area and other locations.

How Effective was Crisis Mapping During the 2011 Japan Earthquake? | TechPresident

AFP Blog

How Effective was Crisis Mapping During the 2011 Japan Earthquake? Yet crisis mapping in the immediate aftermath of the Japan earthquake, including an Ushahidi map of Twitter reports, Sinsai.info, was not as critical to response TechPresident : Compared to similar efforts put to use in the 2010 Haiti earthquake, not as consistently.

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Text Message Donations: Aiding or Stifling Relief Efforts in Japan? - TIME NewsFeed

AFP Blog

Text Message Donations: Aiding or Stifling Relief Efforts in Japan? But are text message donation campaigns really helping the situation in Japan, following the 9.0-magnitude earthquake that struck last Friday? TIME NewsFeed: "In an age when you can balance your bank account or make dinner reservations from your cell phone, it's no surprise that disaster relief efforts have gone mobile.

Google, Local Platforms Respond to Japan's 8.9 Earthquake Crisis | Fast Company

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Google, Local Platforms Respond to Japan's 8.9 hit Japan today, resulting in tsunami warnings for 20 countries, as well as California and Hawaii. Earthquake Crisis | Fast Company: "An earthquake with a magnitude of 8.9 Crisis mappers wasted no time responding: In under 2.5 hours Google launched its person finder application, which was also used when New Zealand's 6.3 quake struck last month, and

TechNet Blogs

AFP Blog

TechNet Blogs : "n order to assist with the recovery, TechSoup Japan, a program of the Japan NPO Center, is working with Microsoft, Adobe, and Symantec to aid local nonprofit organizations whose facilities are damaged in the earthquake by providing software donations.

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TechSoup Japan and Kenya Launch!

Tech Soup Blog

June marked the launch of two new international TechSoup partners: Japan and Kenya , bringing the total count of TechSoup Global Network partners to 24 (not including the original U.S. Congratulations to all, and welcome to TechSoup Japan and TechSoup Kenya!

Twitter Stats You Need To Know and Tips to Get More Clicks


33,000 : tweets per second in Japan during New Years. 80 percent : users on mobile in the UK and Japan. A lot of organizations focus more of their engagement efforts on Facebook than Twitter. I think this is because organizations feel limited by the 145 character tweet length.

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Japan Tops the List of Fastest-Rising Charitable Google Searches in 2011 - Social Philanthropy - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas

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Japan Tops the List of Fastest-Rising Charitable Google Searches in 2011 - Social Philanthropy - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas : Google this week released its annual Zeitgeist report, which tallies the 10 most popular and fastest-rising searches in a wide range of categories.

Cool App Roundup: Disaster and Emergency Edition

Tech Soup Blog

The notification app J-ResQ was developed in response to the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Microsoft earthquake disaster response disaster recovery japan disaster mobile phone ICT for development Microsoft Citizenship Windows Azure apps App It Up

Digital Volunteerism – Effective Disaster Relief the GreenTech Way

Tech Soup Blog

GreenTech International Online Activism Social Networking Volunteers social media Green IT volunteer disaster response disaster recovery japan microwork mapping disaster mobile phones ICT for development

NetCentric Advocacy: Speed Geeking gets to Japan: Pecha Kucha

Network-Centric Advocacy

Main | Food Fight from the Makers of Ham Solo » August 28, 2007 Speed Geeking gets to Japan: Pecha Kucha Link: Seths Blog. Posted at 12:41 PM in Advocacy Strategy , Communication Technology , Personal Rants | Permalink | Reblog (0) TrackBack TrackBack URL for this entry: [link] Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Speed Geeking gets to Japan: Pecha Kucha : Comments Speed Geeking gets to Japan: Pecha Kucha Link: Seths Blog.

20 Must-Know Fundraising and Social Media Stats

Nonprofit Tech for Good

53% of Asia Pacific citizens donate to charity, with those in Thailand (71%) more likely to do so and those in Japan the least likely (16%). Google research has revealed a 30% uptick in searches from August to September related to charitable giving.

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Your Weekly Mobile News!

Mobile Commons

Naver’s mobile messenger app Line to go public in Japan in July – Line Corp., a Japan-based mobile chatting app unit of South Korea’s Naver Corp., will go public on Japan’s Tokyo Stock Exchange in July.

Empowering Young Children through Philanthropy

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

These stories come from all over the world such as US, China, Russia, Japan, etc. In Japan, we not only discussed how we can learn from each other through international collaboration but also set up networks of PhilanthroKids and even Awards within the region.

Evolution of Online Donors


Only 1 in 10 gifts were given to the 9/11 disaster online vs. 1 in 3 gifts were given online/mobile to the Japan earthquake disaster. Technology is evolving every day, but no one really stops to think about how far it has actually come--particularly in the form of online donations.

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Mobile Messaging News Roundup

Mobile Commons

Chat app Line runs into trouble in Thailand and Japan, two of its key markets. Japan’s Line has also followed this bot trend. We’re starting a new feature on the Mobile Commons blog!

Opening day: Mobile donations on the baseball diamond

Mobile Commons

In Washington, DC and New York, Nationals and Yankees fans weren’t only eating peanuts and singing during the 7th inning stretch, they were helping Japan. Major League Baseball and the MLB Player’s Association are donating $500,000 to Japan’s recovery.

Real Time Charitable Giving | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project

AFP Blog

In addition, a majority of those surveyed (56%) have continued to give to more recent disaster relief efforts—such as the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan—using their mobile phones Real Time Charitable Giving | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project : Yet while their initial contribution often involved little deliberation, 43% of these donors encouraged their friends or family members to give to the campaign as well.

Philanthropy and Social Media: New Whitepaper from The Institute for Philanthropy

Amy Sample Ward

Ushahidi, an open source project originally deployed in Kenya to report post-election violence has since been downloaded and deployed for many other events and disasters, including Haiti, Chile, and Japan.

Red Cross amps up donations through iTunes

John Haydon

And after the recent Tsunami hit Japan, they implemented a pretty smart text-message campaign that combined text donations with a list-building strategy. Now, iTunes customers can choose to donate $5 to $200 to help those in Japan through their iTunes account.

Latest global social, digital, mobile data for ya


From We Are Social Singapore. This report presents all the key statistics, data and behavioural indicators for social, digital and mobile channels around the world.

Microsoft's Windows Azure and Disaster Response

Tech Soup Blog

Second Harvest in Japan. Second Harvest Japan’s use of the Windows Azure emergency response portal following the disasters that struck Japan in March 2011 provides the best test case for how this tool can be used. Using the Windows Azure emergency response portal, Second Harvest Japan was able to provide their supporters and partner agencies with information regarding food donation and distribution needs.

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Volunteering: Making the Connection

Connection Cafe

The paper cranes, I learned, were to be sent to Japan in honor of a young girl affected by the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima named Sadako. Now kids from all over the world carry on this tradition and send their completed cranes to Japan in honor of Sadako.

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Using Social Media Internationally: How Not To Get Lost in Translation

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Hands up who’s got a Twitter follower from Japan? Flickr Photo by John K. Note from Beth: Social networks allow to connect with people from outside of our community and it is easy to have your conversation get lost in translation. Here’s some good tips when your network is global.

Who Says Email’s Dead?


In Europe, mobile email users grew 55% and in Japan 53%. The worst kind of expert doesn’t share the whole story or truth. Since the rise of social media many “experts&# have claimed that email is dying and won’t exist in 10 years. In fact, email is not fading, it’s evolving. According to a new comScore study on U.S. consumers', the number of users accessing email via their mobile devices has been growing ever year. In 2010 mobile email grew by 36% in the US.

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How to “get” social media

John Haydon

People who are fluent in Japanese got that way because they spent considerable time in Japan. If you think you can successfully promote your nonprofit on Facebook and Twitter without using it personally, you’re missing the boat.

Five Best Practices in Nonprofit Crowdfunding

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

For example, I raised $120,000 for Japan disaster relief by showing how the tsunami destroyed cities and displaced communities. Flickr Photo by Lendingmemo.

Why can’t I raise any money with social media?

John Haydon

And when I saw a Facebook ad about the tsunami in Japan, I donated money by clicking on the ad. Why does it seem that raising money with social media is almost impossible? We all know that retweets can travel faster than an earthquake and Facebook is basically word-of-mouth on steroids.

How the Cloud Can Make a Difference for Disaster Relief

Tech Soup Blog

One of the scenarios where it's especially important to be able to handle unusually high amounts of traffic is after a disaster, which is why Second Harvest Japan decided to host its Emergency Response Portal in the cloud.

How Not to Thank an Online Donor During a Disaster - Thanking an Online Donor AFter a Disaster

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How Not to Thank an Online Donor During a Disaster - Thanking an Online Donor AFter a Disaster: "I decided to see what charities were doing in response to online donations given to help Japan. Only one provided a thank you email that was specific to the relief efforts in Japan. So I donated a small amount online to several charities, specifically for relief efforts in Japan.The result? The others

Just *Who* is Still Using IE6 Anyhow?


If you check out IE6 Countdown apparently the answer to our core question lies in big companies like Intel and the countries of China, South Korea and surprisingly India and Japan. India and Japan hover around 10% and Saudi Arabi is on their heels with 9.9%.