From the Desk of the President

Ways To Help Japan

By Neal Goodman, Ph.D.

We at Global Dynamics wanted to take this opportunity to express our concern and sympathy for our friends in Japan - and also to urge each of you to please contribute to the relief effort in any way you can.

In the event that you are not aware of these resources, we also wanted to pass along to you some information on ways you can help and also find out about your friends and family in Japan:

First, how you can help:

The American Red Cross has established an online donation site to provide assistance to the victims of the earthquake and tsunami at http://american.redcross.org/site/PageServer?pagename=ntld_main.

Second, how to find out about your friends and family:

Google has created the site, "Google Person Finder."
You can type in the name of person you are looking for and find out if he or she is safe.

Checking to see if individuals left voice messages:

If the person you are looking for has a cell phone in Japan, and you know which company has the cell phone account, you can check each company's website below and type in the home number to see if the person has left a message. The available areas are Aomori, Miyagi, Yamagata and Fukushima prefectures.
For Docomo users: http://dengon.docomo.ne.jp/top.cgi
For KDDI (Ezweb) users: http://dengon.ezweb.ne.jp/
For Softbank users: http://dengon.softbank.ne.jp/
For Wilcom users: http://dengon.willcom-inc.com/dengon/Top.do
For Emobile users: http://dengon.emnet.ne.jp/
Another way to find out: http://dengon.emnet.ne.jp/

To locate U.S. citizens in Japan:

The U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Japan are working to obtain information on the status of U.S. citizens and to provide assistance as necessary. If you have concerns about a specific U.S. citizen in Japan, please send the State Department an email at JapanEmergencyUSC@state.gov.

We thank the entire intercultural community for its selfless and characteristically generous contriubutions to this effort.

Neal Goodman is the president of Global Dynamics Inc.