To help people affected by the May 11 earthquake and tsunami disaster in Japan, California State University, Fresno’s Japanese Students Association and members of the Asian Faculty/Staff Association are seeking funds on campus.

From noon Tuesday, March 22, until Friday, March 25,  the Fresno State Japan Donation Collection will be conducted in the Free Speech Area. Donation boxes will be available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Members also will be at the Phillip Lorenz Memorial Keyboard Concert at 8 p.m. April 6 at the Concert Hall of the Music Building accepting contributions during intermission and at the postconcert public reception.

At Vintage Days, April 15-17, the Japanese Students Association will sell Japanese cuisine (dumpling-like takoyaki with squid, onigiri

[rice balls] and iced green tea), with half of proceeds going  to Japan relief efforts. Food booths will be open 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Jan and Bud Richter Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning at Fresno State issued a call to the university community to join the Japanese Students Association campaign and is tracking all student and employee efforts.

Richter Center director Chris Fiorentino said many members of the university community already have made donations.

All monetary donations will go to the Japanese Red Cross, part of the International Red Cross Coalition responding to Japan’s emergencies.

For more information about the Japanese Students Association, contact Yoshiko Takahashi at

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