Have a heart. Give a hand. It is time for us to give back to Japan, the nation that redefined pop culture as we know it, in their most dire times.

While we here at The Daily Zombies relished in more than occasional sardonicism and mockery on the strange ways of the human kind, there are times like these where we are dead serious (absolutely no pun meant) to address issues that we insist no living human being should be turning a blind eye and look away.

It has been a week since Japan faces its "toughest and most difficult crisis since the end of World War II" (as mentioned by Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan), and we are here to offer any possible assistance we can.

As we have mentioned a week earlier, on March 11th, 2011, at 14:46 JST (05:46 UTC), a 9.0-magnitude (please note that the magnitude have since been upgraded from the earlier mentioned 8.9 to 9.0 by the Japan Meteorological Agency) megathrust earthquake off the east coast of the Oshika Peninsula of Tōhoku near Sendai, with the hypocenter at a depth of 32 km (19.9 mi). Assigned with the GLIDE number EQ-2011-000028-JPN, a globally unique identifier, by the Asian Disaster Reduction Center, the earthquake triggered extremely destructive tsunami waves of up to 10 meters (33 ft) that struck Japan minutes after the quake, in some cases traveling up to 10 km (6 mi) inland, with smaller waves reaching many other countries after several hours. Tsunami warnings were promptly issued and evacuations ordered along Japan's Pacific coast and at least 20 other countries, including the entire Pacific coast of North America and South America.

Wave height map of the tsunami from NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration).Till now, the Japanese National Police Agency has officially confirmed 6,539 deaths, 2,513 injured, and 10,354 people missing across seventeen prefectures. The disaster has caused unprecedented destruction in Japan, including heavy damage to roads and railways as well as fires in many areas, and a dam collapse. Around 4.4 million households in northeastern Japan were left without electricity and 1.5 million without water.

In addition, most electrical generators were taken down, and at least three nuclear reactors suffered severe damages due to hydrogen buildup within their outer containment buildings. According to reports by the International Atomic Energy Agency, containment at each of the radioactive cores is intact and no meltdowns have occurred. However, residents within a 20 km (12 mi) radius of the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant and a 10 km (6 mi) radius of the Fukushima II Nuclear Power Plant were evacuated.

Yes, in case you have been wondering around, Japan, the country we loved and respected, is in fucking deep shit. Hell, the world itself, is in deep shit. For all you know, the earthquake moved Honshu 2.4 m (7.9 ft) east, thereby shifting Mother Earth on its axis by almost 10 cm (3.9 in). And experts can't even tell what that actually meant for now.

As much as we respect those foreign diplomats in dire concerns over the seemingly inevitable Nuclear Meltdown as a result of the disaster, we here at The Daily Zombies can't help but balk at those in full panic mode searching for salt, and those in full-blown phobia over radiated materials while people are literally dying in hundreds of thousands half a globe away.

For the record, we absolutely respect the media-coined "Fukushima Fifty", the last fifty worker stalling a nuclear apocalypse with their very life. But right now, we are shifting our attention on another group of heroes whose efforts to save lives in all affected parts of Japan are in process as we speak. And this group of exceptional individuals includes you, if you choose to.

Despite the world-ending potential of the nuclear meltdown at hand, do note that hundreds of thousands are still at risks now waiting for rescue. Yes, we are fully aware that the golden seventy-two hours of recovery of survivors have long passed us, but there are yet thousands and thousands of Japanese awaiting aids in the form of rations, medicines and other necessities.

While any self-professed foreign "Otaku" might conveniently push away their in-bred responsibilities and think that current affairs have no business up their alley, do note that it fucking does.

As we have mentioned earlier, this is a time for us to give back to the nation that redefine pop culture. From literature, innovations, technology, movies, anime, manga, gaming, pro-wrestling, and for crying out loud, the porn industry, Japan have been on all front, reshaping the world as we know it. While no known creators and their immediate associates in anime, manga, and gaming industries have been known to be amongst casualties of the quake or the subsequent tsunami (despite the hoax of the death of Pokémon series creator Satoshi Tajiri), there are rambling in the industries nonetheless. The download content packs for Capcom's Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds and Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood have been postponed, while Sony Computer Entertainment's MotorStorm: Apocalypse and Sega's Ryū ga Gotoku Of the End are delayed indefinitely. Meanwhile, due to the rolling blackout schedules, some companies have taken steps to conserve energy by shutting down servers used for internet gaming, with Square Enix shutting down its servers for Final Fantasy XI and Final Fantasy XIV and Konami suspending its servers for Metal Gear Online indefinitely.

In an effort to lend our support for the victims of the media-dubbed super earthquake, we will be listing all the credible charity drives here in hope of your support. Do note that this article will be constantly updated with fresh information on the charity aids.

First, the orthodox sources.

World Vision
Toll Free: 888-56-CHILD Text 4JAPAN to 20222 to donate $10

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent
According to the IFRC: "Your gift will support the Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS) disaster relief efforts to help those affected by the earthquake and tsunami. Funds will be utilised for the on-going provision of immediate relief and for eventual recovery support to the affected population."

The American Red Cross: Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Relief
Text REDCROSS or 90999 to make $10 donation by text message.

Salvation Army
Toll free: 800-SAL-ARMY
Text QUAKE or 80888 to donate $10

Save the Children: Emergency Relief for Japan Quake
Toll free: 800-728-3843
Text JAPAN or 20222 to donate.

International Medical Corps
Text MED or 80888 to donate $10

Doctors Without Borders

And here are some of the efforts coming from the Gaming World.

Ever the efficient gaming media, IGN has started up a fundraiser, wherein its staff plays 24 Japanese-made games in 24 hours in an attempt to garner donations of $24,000, from 9am Friday March 18 to 9am Saturday March 19 (AEST) (that's 3pm Thursday - 3pm Friday PST, and 10pm Thursday to 10pm Friday in the UK). In case you are wondering, some of the games featured include Super Mario Bros. 3, Street Fighter II Championship Edition, Final Fantasy VII, Katamari Damacy and Resident Evil 4, all titles that celebrate the immeasurable contributions Japan has made to the video game industry and popular gaming culture.

Check that out right here.

Meanwhile, Brian Crecente of Kotaku will host the Japan Earthquake Relief Fundraiser in Denver, Colorado, in which all the proceeds will go to the Japanese Red Cross Society. The fundraiser will include Rock Band and DJ Hero on a stage, as well as a console arcade.

Game Informer's Meagan Marie put up for auction her Mario-themed Nintendo DS autographed by several people with links to Nintendo, including Shigeru Miyamoto, Koji Kondo, Eiji Aonuma, Charles Martinet, and Martin Leung, with the proceeds to go to Japanese relief.

Should you gamers still requires any inspirations by now, gaming giants like Nintendo, Sony, Sega Sammy, Namco Bandai, Capcom, and Tecmo Koei have donated millions in the cause.

Mastiff, in addition to a sum of money already donated, pledged to donate $100 for every 100 Facebook likes their page receives, up to $25,000 worth. Shawnimals discounted two video games, Wee Ninja and Wee Devil, to $10, pledging to donate all profits made to the relief fund. Meanwhile, the price of one of 2010's best iPhone games (as rated by yours truly), Capcom's Street Fighter IV, have been lowered from $4.99 to $0.99, with the proceeds of its sales from that point on to tsunami relief. Talk about classy, no-nonsense charity objectives. Sega also promised to donate all proceeds earned from Football Manager 2011 and its Sonic the Hedgehog titles available for iOS platforms for a week, beginning on March 15, 2011

It's a proud day to be a gamer.

While the Anime Contents Expo (ACE) 2011 event has been cancelled, we can easily foresee creators from the anime/manga industry to pay back some time later.

On the Heavy Metal scene, fresh off the cancellation of the Iron Maiden Tokyo shows due to recent events in Japan, Iron Maiden will be donating the proceeds from sales of the Japanese event shirt available from the Official Iron Maiden Show to assist victims of the earthquake.

Meanwhile, Taiwanese black metal outfit, Chthonic, AKA 閃靈, has released two special (日本加油T恤) tee-shirts to raise funds for Red Cross.

Pop music scene-wise, we will just talk about Lady Gaga's graceful and timely support with the white and red wristbands engraved with the message “We Pray for Japan” that she is currently selling. These items have apparently sold more than $250,000 in just 48 hours.

And with that, we decided that there is enough words from us for the cause. Let the pictures and videos speak forth what we intent to inspire.

Updated: 23rd March 2011 - We did mentioned earlier that we foresee creators from the anime/manga industry would contribute, and pay back they sure did.

Check out our article on Takehiko Inoue (井上雄彦)'s awe-inspiring "Smile" Twitter campaign, as well as a massive collated response from the Japan manga industry.

Should you require further motivation for a cause most charitable, check out this article at Daily Yomiuri for a heartbreaking story of loss and hope from survivors at Kesennuma, Miyagi.

For a more uplifting account of the tremendous human spirit on display during the disaster, Asia News Net has this entry on how the Yakuza, the Japanese Mafia, took the lead in rolling out support to the people in need. You will be surprised at the length they took in providing aid to the survivors. Yes, there is zero looting from this disaster.

Additionally, for those keen on following the crisis closely, you can check out BBC's live update page.

Photo Source: Reuters, CNN, National Geographic's Japan Tsunami: 20 Unforgettable Pictures


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