Message to everybody all over the world.

We wish to express our sentiments of deepest sorrow and solidarity to the victims of Tohoku Kanto Earthquake.
Our prayers and thoughts are with everyone who has been affected by the disaster, and we pray from our hearts that everybody will peacefully overcome this hardship, and return to normalcy.

We are saddened to see and hear the news of the devastating earthquake in the Tohoku and Kanto area, and we couldn't resist but ask ourselves, "what can we do to help earthquake and tsunami victims?".

Then....

Being involved in the Entertainment industry, we concluded that we must do what we can to the best of our ability.In the past few days, the media has brought attention to the world of earthquake and devastation, much foreign press has warmly applauded our orderliness and solidarity under the catastrophic circumstances, and has encouraged us to recuperate from the calamity.

And from reading these reports, we have come to realize that we have great assets. We Japanese can take pride in our "Kizuna", the solidarity that binds us.

To overcome this painful catastrophe, we must find a way to unite and find our Kizuna among people.
We decided to create a video library showing the power and benefits from voluntary work efforts. We wish to deliver the message of hope to the victims and kindle a light in each one's heart.

We understand that each medium has its role. We would like to show a different point of view from what the mass media reports everyday. Our hope is that our message will show the uplifting efforts we Japanese are making to come together and help one another rebuild our lives after the earthquake and tsunami. We believe that this message inspires the power of Kizuna among the victims of these tragedies, and demonstrates our Kizuna to the world.

We would like to turn our attention toward the rebuilding we must now do, and inspire the Kizuna required for us to achieve it.

UNITE FOR JAPAN

While Kizuna311 was launched to support the victims by sending them messages in Japanese, Ken Watanabe also launched a website called Unite for Japan with the aim to support the earthquake relief effort by raising funds outside of Japan. So far, Unite for Japan has raised over $300,000 for various organizations such as the Red Cross, Mercy Corps, International Medical Corps, and other NPOs through Japan Society and Global Giving. Please visit our sister website for more information.

http://www.uniteforjapan.org/

kizuna311 Ken Watanabe (actor)
Kundo Koyama (writer)

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mail: info@kizuna311.com