Alaska group hopes to raise money for Japan

Posted: Wednesday, March 23, 2011

ANCHORAGE — Members of the Japanese Society of Alaska are hoping to raise money to help victims of Japan’s earthquake and tsunami.

President Yoshi Ogawa says his group and its members have strong ties to the country and are in a unique position to help. The society has been working with other community groups to establish a Japan Relief Fund.

Satsuko Sarafin, who has lived in Alaska for 30 years, told KTUU-TV that it has been heart-breaking to read and see reports of the devastation. She says she hasn’t been able to contact her brother since the March 11 earthquake, though another sibling in Japan has made contact with that brother’s family.

Residents have until Wednesday to sign a condolence book at the Japanese consulate office in Anchorage.

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