[Insert fat American joke here.]
For me, Thanksgiving came a little early, at least the serious reflection part. I am grateful for my health and the safety of the people I care about, when many in the world do not have these luxuries.
As everybody knows by now, Japan has been hit with one of the worst earthquakes in recorded history. I am not in Japan, nor am I from there, but I feel great affinity toward them. I have Japanese friends. I appreciate Japanese sensibilities. Almost all my hobbies originate from or are produced by them.
This post is meant to be a list of possible ways to show support those affected by the tragedy. As a (former-ish) economist, I believe that the forces of greed and competition are neutral in nature, and can be harnessed for good. If you are less greedy than I, you can simply donate to the Red Cross Japan relief fund or other organization of choice.
- DonationDoubler.org has a list of "promotions" from companies that are matching donations. They cover other causes besides the Japanese relief effort, so pick your antidote.
- Manga Gamer is donating all proceeds from the sale of some of their titles up to March 31.
- HLJ is donating 4%, also until March 31.
- J-List is donating 5% and will last through April. (May I suggest some Morning Rescue?)
This is just what I caught wind of. I also received offers from my credit card providers (to donate reward points) and from airlines (to donate points or provide point incentives), so if it hadn't occurred to you to look at those, you could check your relevant accounts as well.
I wish Japan all the best.