Japan TsunamiWe have had several enquiries as to whether or not we are responding to the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. We have since the first day of the disaster been in communication with our partners, the Shotokan Karate-Do International (South Africa, Mr Sonny Pillay) / Shotokan Karate-Do International Federation (Japan, Mr Kancho Kanazawa). SKIF is headed by Mr Kancho Kanazawa, the Grandmaster based in Japan and is the only karateka ever to have won the 'All Japan karate Championship' an incredible three times in a row. Since then, he has been travelling throughout the world, bringing with him values, and the highest level karate knowledge.
Hereunder follows the reply from SKIF Japan, Mr Satoru Iwai (Senior Managing Director, SKIF Japan) and attached is the response we received from the Embassy of Japan in South Africa.
Our Search and Rescue, 17-member and 2-canine team, have been on standby since the 1st day of the disaster. Visa's have been processed and flights booked, however, based on the information above we have put the mission on hold until further notice. The main danger being the uncertainty of the nuclear reactor. We have already purchased essential items including food, water and blankets in Japan. This is being managed by SKIF Japan co-ordinator, Mr Sotaru Iwai.
Those willing to make a financial contribution toward the purchase of these essential items for the 600 000 refugees are welcome to deposit into Gift of the Givers, Standard Bank, Pietermaritzburg, Account 052278611, Branch Code 057525. Please fax or email deposit slip to 033 394 3780 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For further details call 0800 786 911.