The following staff of dedicated professionals are volunteering their time and talents to help the people of Japan during this crisis.
I am honored to be a part of this team. In Japan, I grew up watching Eriko-san on TV and I had never imagined that one day I would be participating in such an important cause to support Japan with her in the United States! I am amazed by people like her. When the March 11 tsunami and earthquake struck, she dropped everything to help. She sent donations. She set up fundraisers. She formed this foundation. She held vigils. All of this, she did in her second language. And yet, she continues to run the team and manage, stay involved to ensure that Japan emerges from this disaster. We are a very small group of volunteers and all of the donations Help Japan Recover Foundation receives goes to Japan's recovery. None of your precious money will be used to cover administration costs, like many other organizations. This, because Eriko and we genuinely just want to do everything to help Japan. She takes care of administration costs personally as well. With your support, we volunteers continue to support our friends and families in ravaged regions of Japan and set longer-term recovery in motion. Please continue to lend your hand in supporting Japan.
Throughout the 30 years of living in the U.S., I have always wanted to give back to my origin country Japan. People of Japan from all over the world are now coming together, staying together, and working together at this difficult time, to help support our beautiful country, Japan, devastated by the biggest earthquake ever recorded in Japan. I felt I must do something urgently. Luckily, I had an opportunity to know Ms. Tamura and started to work with her and her wonderful team to help Japan. I truly believe, "Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much." Let's rebuild Japan with one heart.
I was deeply honored when my dear friend Eriko asked me if I'd be interested in helping with her NPO. I was in Tokyo when the quake hit us long and hard. Though we were far from the major disaster areas, we experienced a different kind of fear. The phone lines immediately went down and all public transportation stopped, and there was chaos for days. I am so proud of Eriko who has been putting all efforts into this foundation alongside her career, and her emphasis is on the need for long-term aid. It has been eye-opening for me to discuss issues and swap views with the foundation's US team around the clock, on a day-to-day basis. It is easy for us to go back into our normal routines. Life goes on when you are not in the major disaster zones. We hope you will continue to support us by following @RecoverJapan, and Like us on Facebook where we update the latest information daily. My heart goes out to those who are still facing hardship in the northern regions.
Theodore Roper (Partner-Freeman Freeman & Smiley, LLP)
I was born in Misawa, Aomori, Japan, a place not far from where the devastation of earthquake and tsunami took place. As I was contemplating on what to do, I had this opportunity presented to me to help and assist those who had greatly suffered from this unbelievable tragedy. I hope my contribution through this Foundation will make some difference in the lives of those who have suffered as well as bringing the lives of those people in Tohoku Region of Japan back to normalcy.
Shogo Sano (Creative Director)
Rod Findley (Vice President at C2K)
My heart goes out to all the people who have been affected by the horrific events in Japan. It's always difficult to find the right way to give support to people in these times, so I was very happy when I heard of Eriko Tamura's efforts and the creation of the Help Japan Recover Foundation. It is my honor to volunteer to help the cause in whatever way I can.
Sayaka T. Dillon
The images coming from Japan convey unbearable scenes of a horrible tragedy, as well as the bravery and composure of the Japanese. I felt defenseless against nature but at the same time I felt an urge to offer help for those affected. I am honored to be able to help this foundation found by Ms. Tamura. I hope many people will extend a helping hand to the victims of this tragedy and will continue to keep them in their hearts as time goes on. My prayers and thoughts are with everyone who has been affected by this disaster.
People are heartbroken since Mar 11, 2011. Nothing seems the same since then no matter how far or close you are from the devastated areas. Our heartache continues as the news of devastation continues from one of the richest and peaceful lands in the world but we are uplifted by the resolve to survive and rebuild. Through my contribution to the foundation, I hope to bring light to the beauty of humans and help those who feel unrest to find a way to continue to join others who do little or large each day to better their lives and life of others.
Atsuko Atake (video Editor)
As a Japanese citizen living in the United States I'm deeply affected by what has happened to my beautiful country. It was so frightening watching the tragedy unfold on television, I can only imagine how terrifying it was for everyone back home. Thankfully my family is safe, however there are thousands of people who still need our help. Through Help Japan Recover Foundation, I can contribute to the rebuilding of Japan.