Foreign tourist visiting Japan, please install "Safety tips" in your mobile as anti-disaster measures

Because Kyushu is famous as a sightseeing spot in southern Japan, many foreign tourists suffer from this Kyushu earthquake. Japan may be safe in the peace and order, but It's not so in the disasters. Rather Japan is a "department store of the disasters". Earthquake, tsunami, heavy rain, flood, typhoon, tornado, volcanic eruption, heavy snow, blizzard... every disaster attack Japan through the year. Therefore the global safe ranking of Japan is slightly low. Can you survive if you suffer from disasters in Japan? Japan Tourism Agency thought that they must send the information of disasters to foreign tourists in real-time to make Japan a great tourism nation. Therefore they provide application "Safety tips" to send the information of disasters to by various languages in push notification. It supports English, Chinese, Korean and the downloading is free(iOS/Android).

By this application, you can know the information of the disaster attacking Japan in real-time. You can communicate using brief conversation templates even if you suffer from disasters. It will be good to learn about the appropriate action at the time of the disasters before a trip to Japan. Much caution does no harm. Please learn about disasters and enjoy trips to Japan.

LINE released the charity stickers of the Kyushu earthquake in a global market

Messaging application LINE started the sale of the charity stickers of the Kyushu earthquake in Japan. Users can buy these in sticker shop in the application and LINE STORE of the Web. The price is 120yen(50 LINE Coin).

Whenever big disasters happened somewhere, LINE released charity stickers. They sold charity stickers for 2013 Typhoon Haiyan in Philippine and contributed 58,773,190yen(about 540,008USD) to the Red Cross, and contributed 32,170,035 yen to the Red Cross for 2015 Nepal earthquake like it. The donation activity using LINE's stickers is common now in Japan, but in the case of 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, they did not sell charity stickers unexpectedly.  Naturally, because LINE has not yet existed in March, 2011(LINE was released in June, 2011).

I write this many times, Technology and the action of people greatly change in only five years. Even if services and the tools which did not exist five years ago become the current common sense, it is not mysterious.

mixi's mobile game Monster Strike collected donations of 90K dollars for Kyushu earthquake in three days

From April 14, big earthquakes attack the Kyushu area in Japan, they still continue and therefore the restoration activities are late. Now, Japanese many companies collect donations from their clientage.

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Among them, mixi achieved remarkable result. They announced that they contributed all sales of virtual currency of their popular mobile game Monster Strike "orb" for Red Cross from AM0:00 April 16 ~ AM3:59 April 18. Then, the sales of "orb" recorded 9,806,160yen(about 90,079USD) in these three days(Actually 51 hours 59 minutes).

One orb is 120yen(about 1.1USD), when it's simple and calculated, 81,718 orbs would sell for donations. The donation activity using a virtual currency and virtual goods is not rare now. However, their speed is phenomenal.

mixi added 10 million yen(about 91,860USD) to these and contributed 19,806,160yen in total to the Red Cross.


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I wrote it about donation activity in Japan's Kyushu earthquake yesterday.

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A more interesting movement happens in Japan. Japanese bitcoin exchange market Coincheck started Kyushu Earthquake Bitcoin Relief Fund.


We can donate bitcoin through Coincheck, and donations will be converted to Japanese yen and given to Peace Winds Japan (PWJ), an organization dedicated to providing emergency humanitarian assistance, disaster relief activities, and reconstruction assistance. Coincheck collected 27.6766B from 179 users now. When exchanging it to Japanese at a current rate, it's 1,300,000yen(about 12,000USD). They continue this activity until June 5.

We understand that the charity activity and revival activity in Japan changes rapidly in only five years. Please remember 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami those days, cloud funding was not common, and bitcoin did not exist in those days, furthermore, the people did not use the messaging apps! Technology and the action of people change in only five years.


[Social Good] Crowd funding utilized as good donation platforms in Japan's Kyushu earthquake

the Kyushu area, the southern in Japan are attacked by many big earthquakes. In particular, the damage of Kumamoto Pref is serious. They were attacked by an earthquake of magnitude 6.5 on April 14, furthermore attacked by an earthquake of magnitude 7.3 on April 16. Because of these, the important cultural property of the temple and the castle were broken, a dam collapsed, the bridges fell, landslides occurred in the mountains, and 39 inhabitants died. The scale of earthquakes are equal to Great Hanshin earthquake of 1995.

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What is the most necessary for the stricken area of the disaster? ---It's money. Revival costs vast money. However, donations are accompanied with some worry. Will our money be spent properly? What kind of revival activity will our money be utilized for? Therefore, Japanese crowd funding platform Campfire carries out an interesting activity. They raise donations with the format of the "project".


They raised donations only by 500yen(about 4.5USD) plan, and raised 3 million yen from 1200 supporters in two days(It's triple the aim). A good point of crowd funding platform is that reports of activity are shown. Supporters can know that their money is spent fairly. They choose groups to entrust with donations, and they conduct rescue operations at stricken areas at once.

In addition, other Japanese crowd funding platform performs the project like them, too. For example, Ready for? prepared for various amounts of money plans and collected 4,500,000 yen from 609 people.

Kyushu earthquake had examples of new "Social Good" in Japan. Crowd funding was not yet common at the time of one of 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. However, Japanese people were used to crowd funding in five years. We can't conquer nature, but we can help each other by experience.

By the way, Japanese Red Cross raises donations until June 30 for revival from ‪Kyushu earthquake‬. Overseas friends, please support ‪Kyushu‬ area in ‪‎Japan(‬in particular Kumamoto Pref). And please scatter the information of this ‪disaster‬.