Japan America Society of Colorado
Cultural organization turns attention to fundraising
Consul General Kazuaki Kubo spoke at a farewell reception held for him by the Japan America Society of Colorado on March 22, 2011. The group observed a minute of silence for the victims of the March 11 earthquake in Japan. (Photo courtesy Japan America Society Colorado)
One Colorado organization with a unique connection to Japan is mobilizing to help raise money for recovery in the earthquake-devastated country.
Established by a group of local Colorado business people who work with Japanese companies, the Japan America Society of Colorado (JASC) has been exchanging education, business, and culture in Colorado since it was founded in 1989.
Shinobu Yoshitomi, a native of Japan, was recently elected president of the JASC. Since the earthquake, the organization has received many phone calls asking for information and how to help.
"The people of Colorado are concerned about the people in Japan," Yoshitomi told the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps. "We are very busy answering questions about the geography of Japan and explaining exactly where on the map the earthquake hit."
According to recent reports, as many as 100,000 children may have been displaced by the earthquake and tsunami. The JASC is collecting money to help people who are in need.
"We've raised $35,000 in donations so far," said Yoshitomi. "We want to thank everyone who asked what they can do to help."
Anyone who is interested in donating can visit www.jascolorado.org/donate.php.
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