I thought I’d throw a quick post out to share some of the resources I’ve been watching for news. It’s been my feeling that for information on Japan, it is best to ask Japan.
First, I’ve been keeping an eye on Twitter where folks are translating NHK news in real-time, particularly televised press conferences given by Japanese government officials Prime Minister Kan and Chief Cabinet Secretary Edano.
NHK World has also been streaming a translated news broadcasts online. Very useful.
I’ve also kept my eye on the US Embassy’s website, and follow Ambassador Roos’ Twitter feed.
I have not been watching any foreign news, and actually hadn’t seen any until I turned on the BBC in my hotel room this morning. I was astonished and horrified by the images of body bags and the focus on death. That is not something we were seeing on NHK in Japan, nor did we need to.
Right now the focus is on rescue and recovery. Most sources are recommending that those in non-affected areas donate cash rather than goods, and to keep out of the way for the time being. (For ways to donate try here, scroll down a bit.) Edano has called for everyone in Japan to conserve electricity, an effort most were taking seriously in Tokyo. All available resources are being directed north.
Many people are asking me what I’m doing. Right now… not much. I feel very helpless. Dan and I are in China temporarily, where he has some work to do. I have discovered that many of the tremors I was feeling weren’t actually the ground shaking but my imagination, since the feeling has followed me. I’ll hopefully learn more in the future about what I can do, or build, or donate. But for now, we wait.