Following the earthquake and tsunami, Japan now faces the threat of nuclear radiation. With so much destruction and so many people affected, it can be difficult to know what to do or how to help.
However, there are plenty of initatives to get involved in to lend your support to the relief effort. In addition to donating to the relief funds organised by The Red Cross and Oxfam Japan, there are also events you can go to or simple things you can do through Facebook that will make a difference. Here's five ways to get involved:
Bloggers for Japan Silent Auction
A proactive group of bloggers in London have organized a silent auction to help raise funds for the Japan tsunami and earthquake relief. The auction features unique experiences like courses at the Illamasqua make-up school, vintage styling sessions, and shoe upcylcing workshops in addition donations from Elizabeth Lau and Karen Millen.
Saturday 26 March, 1-5pm; The Horatia Pub, 98-102 Holloway Road, London. Visit the Bloggers for Japan Silent Auction Facebook page for more information.
Go red with Rebecca Minkoff
While buying a designer handbag might seem like a cheeky excuse to help the Japan relief, we still think it's a fantastic way to help. Rebecca Minkoff will be donating $100 USD for the sale of each of their red handbags to The Red Cross to help provide medical care, shelter and food for those affected by the tsunami and earthquake.
"Like" Land's End
Land's End Japan employs over 250 people in Yokohama City, and to help those affected by the earthquake & tsunami, Land's End have teamed up with Japanese government relief agencies to pledge $1 million worth of clothing, blankets & other essentials.
They've also promised to donate £1 for every Lands' End UK fan who "likes" Lands End and their post about Japan until 5pm GMT on Friday.
Buy a Kasia Dietz Bag
Parisian handbag designer Kasia Dietz is aiming to raise as much money as possible by April 1 for The Red Cross, and she's designed a special edition bag to give away as an incentive for anyone who donates directly to The Red Cross or to Kasia via PayPal.
Kasia will also be forwarding 50% of proceeds from all of her bag sales to aid Japan.
"Pray For Japan" Wristband
Many will remember the bright yellow "Live Strong" wristband created by Lance Armstrong to help fight cancer, and Lady Gaga has designed a white "Pray for Japan" wristband to help fund the relief effort in Japan. Created merely hours after the earthquake and tsunami hit, the wristbands are $5 USD, however, you can choose your price to add an additional donation with your wristband. All the wristband's proceeds will go directly to Japan relief efforts.
Picture credits: Rex Features, Bloggers for Japan, Rebecca Minkoff, Land's End, Kasia Dietz, LadyGaga.com