Japanese Students Collecting Donations for Disaster Victims in Japan

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

March 21, 2011 – Japanese students at Southeast Missouri State University will be collecting donations for disaster victims in Japan March 21-25 and March 28-30 in the University Center.

All donations will be directed to the local chapter of the American Red Cross.

 Under the slogan “Pray for Japan: We Need Your Help,” Japanese students will be accepting donations from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 21-24 and March 28-30 on the third floor of the University Center.  On March 25, donations will be accepted outside Room 207 of the University Center.

The magnitude 9.0 earthquake on March 11 and the 23-foot tsunami which immediately followed have left widespread destruction in Miyagi Prefecture in northern Honshu. Subsequent low temperatures and serious malfunctions at a nuclear generating station in Fukushima have added to the issues Japanese residents are facing. Thousands at this time are homeless, and the nation continues to experience aftershocks and rolling blackouts, according to Lyman Pitman, director of the Missouri Office of the Japan-America Academic Center.

For more information, contact Southeast Japanese student Yuhei Hikasa at (573) 579-8197 or yhikasa5s@semo.edu or Pittman at (573) 986-6731.