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Join Minami Tamaki LLP and Inspirational Opportunities for Youth and Seniors (IOYS) in Helping the Victims of the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

Posted by Lia Chang on Thursday, 07 April 2011.

As we approach April 11, one month after the Japan earthquake and tsunami, Japan continues to suffer through it’s worst crisis since World War II, as the country’s prime minister said. First the earthquake, then the tsunami, and now the erosion of nuclear power plants in the affected area is creating an emergency equal to Chernobyl.

The Minami Tamaki LLP law firm and Inspirational Opportunities for Youth and Seniors (IOYS), a nonprofit foundation, have been working together to raise funds for victims of the Northern Japan earthquakes and tsunami. To encourage support through this campaign, Minami Tamaki and IOYS pledged to match 50 percent of your donation up to a combined $10,000. As of April 6th, they have exceeded their second target of $100,000 by raising $192,000 in combined donations and matches. All donations and matches raised to date have been sent to the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC) so that they can put the donations to immediate use towards citizen relief efforts in the most affected areas. Watch a thank you video from JCCCNC Executive Director Paul Osaki.

Because the need in Japan continues to be so great, they are pressing on and have set a new goal of $250,000 in combined donations and matches. With the help of new campaign partners, they will continue to match 50% of donations up to pledged amounts through April 30, 2011.

Donate today in support of their new goal
100% of the proceeds raised will go to JCCCNC’s Northern Japan Earthquake Relief Fund. (Online donations have a nominal fee for online donations due to credit card processing.)

Minami Tamaki LLP and Inspirational Opportunities for Youth and Seniors (IOYS) are joined by the following campaign partners:
* Murayama Family (Cara, Jaimie, Donna and Jared)
* Korshak, Kracoff, Kong & Sugano LLP
* Kazan, McClain, Abrams, Fernandez, Lyons, Greenwood, Harley & Oberman
Foundation, the David McClain and Merilyn Wong Fund and the Denise Abrams and
David Harrington Fund
* Dr. Roland and June Minami
* Hoan Hoang and Le Hoang
* Kristi Yamaguchi and Bret Hedican (new partner)
* Mayor Gary Yamauchi and Friends (new partner)
* Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area (new partner)
* Rob Lam, Butterfly Restaurant (new partner)
* Edwin Prather (new partner)
* Malcolm Yeung (new partner)

Visit to donate online or write a check payable to “JCCCNC” and send to:

Japan Relief Fund
c/o Minami Tamaki LLP
360 Post Street; 8th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94108

Donate before April 30, 2011, to ensure your donation qualifies for their match. If you have any questions, contact Lynda Won-Chung at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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