A year ago, Philadelphia Neighborhoods hosted stories from Temple-Japan after the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disasters there. You can see those stories by selecting this site.
Now some members of Temple’s School of Communications and Theater have put together a song and a video to help those still in need.
Following is the background behind the video:
If you like this song, you can make a gift of any amount in support of the Temple Japan Relief Fund (description of the fund below) and get a free download of the music. To make a gift, please visit:
On March 11, 2011, the lives of countless people in Northeastern Japan changed forever when an earthquake and tsunami decimated the region and sparked a nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
In the wake of the disaster, Temple University created the Temple Japan Relief Fund to help those most impacted by the devastation of the earthquake and tsunami, including Japanese students studying at Temple campuses, as well as students, staff, faculty and their families in Japan experiencing the hardships of being displaced from housing or experiencing food, health or financial challenges. It also serves to provide funding for financial aid for students studying in disaster areas in Japan who would like to continue pursuing a university degree at one of Temple University’s campuses.
Over the past year, four Japanese students affected by the disaster have benefited from the generosity of those who have supported the fund. The students from Miyagi and Chiba prefectures who suffered economic hardship as a result of the March 11 disasters are currently attending classes at Temple’s Japan Campus in Tokyo.
While much progress has been made, there is still a long journey ahead for the people of Northeastern Japan and Temple will continue its efforts to assist in any way possible.
With that in mind, School of Communications and Theater Professor Jack Klotz has created a song that shares a message of hope and support with the people of Japan.
Music by Jack Klotz and Satoru Sasaki
Lyrics by Satoru Sasaki, Naoko Masuda and Jack Klotz
Video by Naoko Masuda and Natsumi Kitano