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Overview of Disaster Relief Efforts in Japan
and Ways to Help
Margaret W. Wong Offices
May 5, 2011

Margaret W. Wong hosted a gathering of guests at her law office to hear an up-to-date overview of disaster relief efforts in Japan. The March 11th earthquake and subsequent tsunami devastated the Tohoku region and led to the loss of thousands of lives and displacement of thousands of individuals.

As of April 15th, the American Red Cross has sent more than $103 million to partners working in Japan. As outstanding pledges from donors are fulfilled, the Red Cross will make additional contributions that will support a variety of immediate relief and early recovery needs.

The Red Cross work in Japan focuses on emergency healthcare and relief distributions in the first month after the disaster, and in the coming weeks, the Japanese Red Cross will continue to develop early recovery programs and help restore social services.

Kuninori Matsuda, Consul General, Consulate General of Japan in Detroit spoke about the disaster and the generous support of friends in Northeast Ohio.



Kuninori Matsuda Consul General, Consulate General of Japan in Detroit

Richard W. Pogue, Chairman, Board of Directors of the American Red Cross of Greater Cleveland spoke about the Red Cross's efforts.

Richard W. Pogue, Chairman, Board of Directors of the American Red Cross of Greater Cleveland

Richard W. Pogue


Dr. Maria Pujana

Dr. Maria Pujana also spoke


Dr. Hiroyuki "Hiro" Fujita, president and chief executive of Quality Electrodynamics, talked about the earthquake disaster in Japan and how "We cannot just be defeated. We have to stand up."

Dr. Hiroyuki

Dr. Hiroyuki Fujita

Fumi Asano

Fumi Asano

Margaret W. Wong

Margaret W. Wong


Enjoy these images from the event.

Leland Lewis and Kuninori Matsuda

Leland Lewis and Kuninori Matsuda


Luis Martinez and Eduardo Romero

Luis Martinez and Eduardo Romero


Margaret Wong and Manuel Lopez

Margaret Wong and Manuel Lopez


Matt Matsuyama

Matt Matsuyama


Joe Meissner, George Burke and Asim Datta

Joe Meissner, George Burke and Asim Datta


Angel Galvan, Patty Quinonez and Miro Pujana

Angel Galvan, Patty Quinonez and Miro Pujana


Laura Fruscella

Laura Fruscella
The sign Laura is holding says "Japan - We are with you - Keep your chin up!" in Italian.


Laurel and Frank Tombazzi

Laurel and Frank Tombazzi


Dick Pogue and Margaret Wong

Dick Pogue and Margaret Wong


Gerardo Colon, Luis Martinez and Ken Kovach

Gerardo Colon, Luis Martinez and Ken Kovach


Gloria Ware and Hao Zhou

Gloria Ware and Hao Zhou


Alex Machaskee and Arooj Ashraff

Alex Machaskee and Arooj Ashraff


Luis Martinez, Maria Carlson, Joe Thomas and Matt Matsuyama

Luis Martinez, Maria Carlson, Joe Thomas and Matt Matsuyama


Cleveland International Hall of Fame inductees Luis Martinez and Gia Hoa Ryan

Cleveland International Hall of Fame inductees Luis Martinez and Gia Hoa Ryan


Yoshimi Aki and Rufus Dakortney

Yoshimi Aki and Rufus Dakortney


Manuel Lopez and Patsy Berkman

Manuel Lopez and Patsy Berkman


Matt Matsuyama, Yoshimi Aki, Fumi Asano, Kuninori Matsuda, Judy Wong and Hitomi Asano

Matt Matsuyama, Yoshimi Aki, Fumi Asano, Kuninori Matsuda, Judy Wong and Hitomi Asano


Anthony Wong, Manuel Lopez, Judy Wong and Maria Pujana

Anthony Wong, Manuel Lopez, Judy Wong and Maria Pujana


Gia Hoa Ryan and Margaret Wong

Gia Hoa Ryan and Margaret Wong


Margaret Wong watching the speakers

The generosity of Margaret Wong, the American Red Cross and the Northeast Ohio contributors was much appreciated by Consul Kuninori Matsuda


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