Nintendo fans give back: Donate to Japan earthquake relief!


Many of you have heard about the earthquake and tsunami crisis in Japan. On March 11, 2011, an 8.9 magnitude earthquake occurred in Japan, causing devastating structural damage, tsunami waves up to 33 feet high, widespread injury and loss of life, aftershocks, and concerns about possible nuclear fallout. Naoto Kan, the Japanese Prime Minister, described the earthquake and its effects as “the toughest and the most difficult crisis for Japan” since the end of World War II.

Thankfully, the world is reaching out to help in the earthquake and tsunami relief efforts. By request, we’ve provided a few methods below that you can use to provide help to Japan in their time of need. And here are some quick tips for navigating the best ways to ensure your donation reaches those who need it.

Please consider making a donation through one of these reputable charities. Thanks!

Web developer living in Olympia, WA.


  1. And now a volcano erupted this morning and there is fear of more activity. These people are just getting hammered and hammered. They are definitely in my prayers. Thanks for putting up these links!

  2. God Bless them. I don’t mean to devalue any of the lives lost, but just to be on the safe side Nintendo should jet Miyamoto out of there.

  3. Thanks for giving us the opertunity to donate.
    For what it’s worth, there is another organization that is one of the first to respond to survivors of any global crisis. The organization is UMCOR ( Every dollar you give to UMCOR goes to the program you designate. None of the money you give will be used for anything but to the need. No administrative costs taken out.

    Just a thought.

    Grace and Peace to Japan!

  4. sorry for the double post.

    just a clarification. I’m in no way suggesting that the above list of charities are bad or even inferior to UMCOR. I’m only adding to the list for anyone interested. all of the charities and reliefs are doing great work!


  5. Thanks for posting this, Chelsea. I removed UNICEF, however. Not because I hate children, but because I refuse to link to or support a charitable organization with questionable executive salaries and a suspect history.

  6. I’ve seen a handful of games raising money for this good cause. GardenMind (on Facebook) is another one worth checking out.

  7. I really hope large Japanese companies outside of the affected areas step up to help their country. Sony, Nintendo, Toyota, and so on have billions and billions of dollars and can really make a difference for their people. I hope they step up and donate too.

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