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Donations To Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Victims Urgently Needed.

This has been on my mind for awhile. I've been reading about the terrible catastrophe that befell the Japanese people, just like everybody else, since it happened almost 2 weeks ago. The Japanese people and government have been great ambassadors of friendship to the Republic of Croatia.  Since the independence of Croatia, Japan has donated many millions of Euro's to Croatian charitable causes and programs. In the way of ambulances, to hospitals, employment, education and skills programs, programs for demining Croatian area's still unsafe since the Serbian war of agression, and others causes. Japans generosity has extended even to donating while still suffering from the effects of the recent 9.0 magnitude earthquake and powerful tsunami  that struck on March 11th. (See article at bottom)

Many Japanese tourists have come to enjoy what Croatia has to offer for years now too, (Not too mention all the cool stuff everyone buys that's made in Japan)..and now is the time for Croatians and the world to help the Japanese people through this difficult time. The Croatian government and people have stepped up and are doing what they can. But this is just the start. Donations need to keep coming in for a long time still to help the Japanese people with relief efforts and to recover, which will take a long time. Many thousands have already died, many more thousands are homeless, injured and the danger from exposure to radiation from the damaged nuclear reactors is still not clear.  Below are some links on how to donate, depending on where you live.

Earthquake and tsunami in Japan


On 11 March 2011, a 9,0 magnitude earthquake hit the eastern coast of Japan triggering a devastating tsunami. On 18 March, the Croatian Red Cross transferred 3.710.281,00 kuna to the Japanese Red Cross.

From 12 March 3.798.670,00 kuna have been raised of which:

- 210.281,00 kuna have been transferred in favor of the CRC bank account,
- 88.389,00 kuna have been raised by telephone calls,
- 3.500.000,00 kuna have been donated by Croatian Government.

Your gift will support the disaster relief efforts of the Japanese Red Cross. You can donate by:

* making a transfer in favor of the Croatian Red Cross bank account number 2340009-1511555516 (refer to number 02)  
* calling donation telephone: +385 060 90 11
(6,15 kuna, VAT included)
* on-line donation.

Thank you for your contribution.

Footage of the destruction in Japan.

Disaster in Japan


The most powerful earthquake to hit Japan in at least 100 years unleashed walls of water Friday March 11, 2011 that swept across rice fields, engulfed towns, dragged houses onto highways and tossed cars and boats like toys, apparently killing hundreds and forcing the evacuations of tens of thousands.

Croatian Relief is accepting monetary donations to help the victims of this disaster. You may send your donation to:

Croatian Relief Services, Inc.
P.O. Box 355
Fairview, N.J. 07022

Please indicate on your check memo: “Earthquake in Japan”

You can also click on PayPal on our website and give your donation which will be sent to the earthquake victims in Japan.

Thank you for caring for the earthquake victims in Japan.

HRK 3.7 mln for Japanese disaster victims


The Croatian Red Cross said on Friday that it had paid into the account of the Japanese Red Cross HRK 3.7 million in donations given by Croatian citizens, companies, local governments and the central government for victims of the recent earthquake and tsunami disaster in Japan.

The Croatian Red Cross said it would continue collecting funds for the people of Japan.

Here are some ways for people to donate to Japan.

Perhaps the easiest way is to donate to the Red Cross. You can give to Japan by going to or text “Red Cross” to 90999. If you text in, $10 will be automatically charged to your phone bill as a donation.

You can also make a Japan tsunami donation to

Americares is also helping with Japan tsunami relief.

Also check out Medicines sans Frontieres (Doctors without Borders).

Note: As always, it’s important to do your due diligence before making a donation to any organization.

Japan donates 30,000 to Mecencani village

Source: Croatian Times


The Japanese ambassador to Croatia gave 30,000 Euros for furnishing an infirmary in Sisak-Moslavina’s County village of Mecencani.

Ambassador Yoshio Tamura thanked the Croatian people for their support and condolences in the light of one of the greatest catastrophes that has struck Japan. Japan suffered a 9.0 magnitude earthquake on Friday that was followed by devastating tsunami waves.

The ambassador said that Japan’s tragedy shows the importance of helping those that need it.

"I hope that this donation will help improve lives and help people return to war-torn areas. Please receive this gift as a sign of friendship of the Japanese people," the ambassador said.

Fund-raising run for Japan In Zagreb



A run to raise funds for the people of Japan affected by the recent earthquake and tsunami disaster will be held at Zagreb's Bundek Lake on Saturday, April 2.

The humanitarian event will be organised by several local sports associations, Toyota Croatia, and Zagreb Holding.

Participation in the run requires registration in the park between 8.30 and 11 am on Saturday, the minimum registration fee being HRK 20. The money collected this way will be donated directly to the Japanese Embassy along with a list of all participants-donors.

More information on the event is available at

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