The following links may be helpful resources in gaining information on the earthquake, the tsunami, and relief efforts. (Adapted from the Center for Japanese Studies, University of Michigan website and member’s input.)
News Sites in Japan
UStream -watch live news reports in Japanese from NHK, TBS, FUJI TV, and TV ASAHI (Type in the name of the station in the ustream search box)
Time Out Tokyo - frequently updated news from Japan in English
NHK World - live broadcast (includes English and other languages)
YokosoNews - News from Japan in English
U.S. Embassy in Japan
Consulate-General of Japan
Help for Locating U.S. Citizens in Japan:
State Department Office of American Citizen Services and Crisis Management
International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has Family Links - a site for linking missing family members in six languages (Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Portuguese) where both disaster victims and family members looking for them can leave messages for each other
Help for Locating Japanese Family, Friends and Colleagues:
United States State Department (includes travel alerts/warnings, & U.S. Embassy communications to U.S. citizens in Japan)
Japan Sendai Earthquake Data Portal
In response to the earthquake, the Center for Geographic Analysis at Harvard University has launched the Japan Sendai Earthquake Data Portal to support the exchange of geospatial datasets for relief and reconstruction efforts. The portal works best with a Firefox browser.
UMass Amherst Libraries'
Guide to earthquake information
The Associated Press’s Interactive Map
AP Interactive Map
Japanese Red Cross
At present, the easiest way to send donations to the Japanese Red Cross is online through Google Response, a website that also offers numerous links to informational sources.
It is also possible to donate through the International Red Cross/Red Crescent website.
JEN - National NGO in the field of disaster relief.