Technology World — 29 March 2011
New Android and iPhone app helps Japanese disaster victims

New Android and iPhone app helps Japanese disaster victims.

The Nippon Foundation has developed an application which helps people make donations via their iPhone or Android-based smartphone. The Japanese foundation is currently accepting contributions to support victims of the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami that devastated northeastern Japan and triggered the ongoing nuclear accident and disaster at Fukushima, north of Tokyo.

Tens of thousands of people are dead or missing, and hundreds of thousands have lost their homes and are struggling to live in emergency shelters. Drinking water, food and fuel for heating are in short supply for everyone. The nation’s road and rail transport is badly affected, and power shortages have brought the country’s major vehicle and electronics manufacturing industries to a halt.

These multiple incidents have combined to be the worst disaster that the Japanese people have had to face since the end of World War II. And radiation from the nuclear plant continues to leak into the air, the soil and the water from partial meltdowns in several nuclear reactors at the crippled Fukushima Dai Ichi nuclear power plant.

To download the software for your cellphone, please visit the Android Market or Apple’s App Store and run a search for “The Nippon Foundation”.

The Nippon Foundation, which has years of experience working with local disaster relief organizations, is accepting donations to its “ROAD” (Resilience will Overcome Any Disaster) Project. The ROAD Project will provide emergency support in the wake of calamities such as the recent earthquake in northeastern Japan. The foundation will use project funds to provide effective, accountable, and timely support to trusted partners working in disaster-stricken areas, particularly groups working to meet the needs of orphans, the elderly, those with disability, immigrants and others whose needs are often overlooked.

For more information visit http://www.nippon-foundation.or.jp/eng/

Image by Getty Images via @daylife.

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