Australian advertising agency JWT Sydney worked with Japanese sushi restaurants in Sydney to raise funds for the Red Cross Japan Appeal in the days following the devastating earthquakes and tsunami. Different coloured donation plates were placed on sushi trains, each valued at different amounts in line with the pricing of the standard sushi plates. Customers were invited to pick up the plates and pay their donation at the cashier, along with the rest of their bill. Donation plates piled up in the restaurant became a showpiece for the restaurant to encourage further donations. The plate stacks also symbolized the rebuilding of Japan. In a short time over $15,000 was raised. The campaign won a Silver Outdoor Lion at Cannes International Festial of Creativity.
About 20 former English teachers and international relations coordinators at local government offices will revisit places in northeastern Japan, where they used to work, on a Japanese government program aimed at boosting tourism affected by the March 11 quake and tsunami, Japanese officials said Thursday.
As the first batch of the program participants, 14 alumni of the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program from Australia, Britain, Canada and the United States will make a weeklong visit to places of their former assignments in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures from Monday, they said.
Yatta! is holding it’s next event on July 15th!
It’s going to be bigger, better and sooner then the last! Plus to add to all the fun we are going to be raising money for the Japan relief aid.
A fun night of Manga, Anime, Cosplay, Games, Art, T-Shirts, Japan and Yatta!
Come along, make some friends and have some fun! It’s FREE !!!
Friday 15th July 2011
6:00pm – 10:00pm
Portsmouth central library
As always the event’s tickets are free !!!
NOTE: More details to be released within the coming weeks!
While Japan’s ubiquitous vending machines, reliably located on most street corners and then some, may have saved many a parched pedestrian, the machines’ ever evolving bells and whistles have perhaps never drummed up technology that serves the public good – until now.
The Tone Coca-Cola Bottling Co. and Japanese Red Cross are trying to squeeze some good out of Japan’s favorite sidewalk accessory, casting the machine into a better light after Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara grumbled about the energy-sucking vending machines as Tokyo stared down a power crunch this summer. The groups installed donation boxes in about 100 vending machines late last month. The collection-box-fortified machines are scattered around three prefectures – Chiba, Ibaraki and Tochigi.
Ken Belson is writing a three-part series on high school baseball in Japan and the steadying influence it has had for some in the wake of the tsunami and earthquake that hit the country in March and the nuclear crisis that has followed. The first article in the series appeared in Sunday’s Times. Ken will answer reader questions this week about the series and his reporting in Japan.