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DEVASTATING JOLT IN JAPAN : How to Help

Several local organizations have set up funds to help victims of the Japanese earthquake:

* The American Red Cross is accepting money for the “Japanese Relief” fund. Send checks to 2700 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, Calif. 90057, or charge donations by calling 1-800-842-2200.

* The Salvation Army is accepting donations earmarked “Japan Earthquake Relief.” Mail contributions to 900 W. 9th St., Los Angeles, Calif. 90015.

* The California Community Foundation has established the Osaka/Kobe Earthquake Recovery Fund. Send checks to 606 S. Olive St., Suite 2400, Los Angeles, Calif. 90014-1526. For more information, call (213) 413-4042.

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* The Japanese-America Society of Southern California has set up a Kobe Relief Fund. Send contributions to 505 S. Flower St., Level C, Los Angeles, Calif. 90071, or call (213) 627-6217.

WHERE TO GET INFORMATION

For information about Japanese relatives and friends, contact the Japanese Consulate at (213) 617-6700. The consulate cannot track down missing Japanese citizens but has an up-to-date list of fatalities. Phones will be answered 24 hours a day. The list of victims is also posted in the consulate at 350 S. Grand Ave., Suite 1700, Los Angeles, Calif. 90071.

The U.S. State Department is handling inquiries about American citizens in Japan. For information, call the State Department’s Emergency Services office in Washington, D.C., at (202) 647-7310 or (202) 647-7311.

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Source: Times staff


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