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On deck: Former catcher Atsuya Furuta now helping others | The Tokyo Reporter – “All the News That’s Fit to Squint”

Yesterday, I wrote about Sean Penn and his admirable efforts on behalf of the Haiti people in the wake of the earthquake there. While this is not yet in the same league, in terms of taking responsibility and showing leadership, still it’s worthy of notice, I think. Another reason is that it connects my two homes: Japan and Britain.

TOKYO TR – During his 18 years with Japanese pro baseball’s Yakult Swallows, Atsuya Furuta, typically sporting a pair of wire-framed glasses, was one of the most recognizable faces in the game.Known for his leadership, having been the head of the players’ union during a labor strike and a player-manager for two seasons late in his career, Furuta is now looking to take advantage of that image and set an example that he hopes will gather momentum.The current focus of his efforts is the fundraising website Just Giving Japan. Started in Britain more than a decade ago, Just Giving launched here last March. “In Japan, there is no philanthropic culture,” explains Furuta, dressed in a striped blue shirt and beige jacket, during an interview at the end of last year in Tokyo’s Roppongi district. “In the West, there is a sense of giving. For Japan, it’s not a matter of Japanese people not wanting to give; rather, they have a hard time figuring out how to do it.”

via On deck: Former catcher Atsuya Furuta now helping others | The Tokyo Reporter – “All the News That’s Fit to Squint”.

If you’re like me and know nothing about baseball, or are British (which comes to the same thing), you might like this article by Brit from Brummie about how he fell in love with baseball and with Atsuya Furuta’s team, the Yakult Swallows: How a Brummie got into Baseball.

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Billions of yen in relief donations come through Internet sites – The Mainichi Daily News

Billions of yen in donations for the victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake have come through a variety of donation websites taking advantage of the Internet to organize people’s humanitarian efforts.

Depending on the website, donations as small as 50 yen can be made, either via mobile phones or computers, through easy-to-use electronic transfer services. Many sites display the total amount and number of donations received and have exceeded 100 million yen in donations. One site had gathered more than 1.2 billion yen. The collected funds are sent to groups like the Japanese Red Cross Society.

via Billions of yen in relief donations come through Internet sites – The Mainichi Daily News.

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カズ、J選抜入り!決めるゾ激励弾 (デイリースポーツ) – Yahoo!ニュース

 J2・横浜FCのFW三浦知良(44)が22日、東日本大震災のチャリティーマッチ(29日、大阪・長居スタジアム)で日本代表と対戦するJリーグ選抜「Jリーグ チーム アズ ワン」のメンバーに選出された。『頑張るアラフォー』の象徴として、競技の枠を超えた人気を誇るJ最年長プレーヤーはこの日、横浜市西谷の練習場などで、ザッケローニ監督率いる青いユニホームのイレブンに対し、真剣勝負で挑む覚悟を示した。

via カズ、J選抜入り!決めるゾ激励弾 (デイリースポーツ) – Yahoo!ニュース.

Kazu Miura, an icon of Japanese soccer (still playing at 44!) announced a charity match to be held on March 29th at Osaka’s Nagai stadium in support of the recent earthquake/tsunami victims.

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Marketing Japan: Google Sets Up Easy Way to Donate to Japan Disaster Relief

Marketing Japan: Google Sets Up Easy Way to Donate to Japan Disaster Relief.

Donate to Japan Disaster Relief here: 

For more information: http://www.google.com/intl/en/crisisresponse/japanquake2011.html

via Marketing Japan

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日本赤十字社

日本赤十字社.

If you live in Japan and wish to make a donation to a charity for the benefit of victims of the recent NE Japan earthquake, the above link is to the Japanese Red Cross donation website.

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