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Haruki Nakamura releases statement on Japan disaster

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On Friday, Florio mentioned how the tragic events happening half a world away in Japan helped put the NFL’s frustrating labor mess into perspective.

The hard-to-fathom images have been jarring personally.  My father-in-law was traveling in Sendai exactly one week before the quake hit.

My wife’s friends and family are all thankfully safe in Tokyo, although the non-stop shaking of the Earth still hasn’t stopped.  (And the food stores are now almost all empty.)

Their lives have been disrupted, but so many more in the country weren’t as lucky.  In a statement released on Monday, Ravens safety Haruki Nakamura reached out to those with means to donate to the Red Cross to help those less fortunate.

The U.S. has donated $7.75 million dollars as of late Sunday, including $1.1 million by texting 90999 on your mobile phone.  Nakamura’s full statement can be viewed after the jump.

“The tragic events surrounding the devastating earthquake and tsunami that occurred in Japan has triggered many emotions from people across the world.

The disaster has affected many people, including myself.

I am proud to be a Japanese American, and honored to be one of few players in the NFL of Japanese heritage.

The aftermath of the earthquake has been felt by people of all nationalities. Those of us with family and friends over there have been frantically attempting to contact them to make sure they are alive.  I’m lucky to say that my family and friends in Japan are safe!

Though I haven’t suffered any loss of life in my family, others aren’t so lucky. As the death toll continues to rise, the danger associated with the earthquake is equally as elevated.

In fact, the life-threatening situation continues to escalate every day.  Radiation from the nuclear power plants that have been damaged has escaped and now hovers in the air. Aftershocks from the earthquake pose a constant threat while disrupting everything from public transportation to the ability to find clean water. I am not exaggerating when I say Japan is faced with a life-and-death situation.

I ask not as a professional football player, but for those who are in life and death situations in Japan, that you contact the American Red Cross, and see what you can do to help those in dire need. I would consider it a tremendous gesture of kindness if you can donate anything to help those who cannot help themselves survive this terrible disaster.”

Sincerely,

Haruki Nakamura

[Baltimore Ravens]

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13 Responses to “Haruki Nakamura releases statement on Japan disaster”
  1. beastofeden says: Mar 14, 2011 3:54 PM

    Aren’t there still misplaced families, destroyed houses, and several in need from Hurrican Katrina?

    Atleast we’re winning the wars in Iraq, Afghanastan, and on drugs

  2. sportsjustice says: Mar 14, 2011 4:21 PM

    disasters lead to a very rough road but it also breeds creation

    much love for japan

  3. nothimagain says: Mar 14, 2011 4:56 PM

    It’s ignorant and cliche to confuse disasters and tragedies with “perspective.” Bad sh!t happens everyday, it doesn’t mean people should just bend over and take it simply for the sake of their argument not being at the top of the what’s-really-important perspective list.
    So far, no games have been missed and without free agency no fans are yet bitter about their players leaving their teams. We all want a deal done, it’s simply moronic to think the two sides should agree to one simply because of a natural disaster.

  4. dbellina says: Mar 14, 2011 5:28 PM

    Best of luck to you family Greg, and everyone else in Japan.

  5. briansalo1 says: Mar 14, 2011 5:56 PM

    What a bunch of crap, as important as the labor situation is, the Japan situation is currently more important, yet you put a “jump” in a sincere message from an NFL player about Japan, yet you apparently refuse to put any “jumps” in a single article about the labor situation. Learn some priorities, the labor situation hasn’t killed anyone, the earthquake/tsunami has. They should have checked their egos, agreed on a fair CBA, and moved on to Japan relief efforts.

  6. locutus says: Mar 14, 2011 5:56 PM

    Wow, a whole 7.75 M dollars!! Meanwhile back in Haiti, 1.5 B as in billion and the place still looks like a dump. Where’s Sean Penn? Where’s Hollyweird?

    Did you see all the looting and pillaging in Japan after this disaster? Me neither. Their calm and dignity in the face of this disaster was truly inspiring.

  7. hedphurst says: Mar 14, 2011 6:29 PM

    The events in Japan are tragic beyond what mere words on a website can describe. That said, there is NOT radiation hovering in the air – the miniscule amounts of radiation that escaped with the venting steam from the reactor(s) would have dissapated within minutes, if not seconds. The explosion we all saw on the news footage was outside the reactor itself, and only damaged the concrete housing around it. That’s not to say that it’s not a scary situation, because it very easily could have been a horrific disaster, but the engineers working to cool the core did an admirable job from what I’ve read, and at this point, there is no reason to believe that there will be any real problems other than a lack of power due to the shutdown of the nuclear facilities.

    The people of Japan still need a lot of help, and for those who have lost people close to them, there will never be a complete return to “normal,” but the talk of nuclear crisis is just playing on our fears, and counter-productive.

  8. db105 says: Mar 14, 2011 6:43 PM

    locutus says:
    Mar 14, 2011 5:56 PM
    Wow, a whole 7.75 M dollars!! Meanwhile back in Haiti, 1.5 B as in billion and the place still looks like a dump. Where’s Sean Penn? Where’s Hollyweird?

    Did you see all the looting and pillaging in Japan after this disaster? Me neither. Their calm and dignity in the face of this disaster was truly inspiring.
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    Some cultures are further advanced and more educated.

  9. jwbelt says: Mar 14, 2011 6:44 PM

    Some folks are simply asses.

    This has nothing to do with wars being waged elsewhere. It has nothing to do with the labor picture. And needs remaining from Katrina and every other disaster (natural and/or man-made) notwithstanding, the needs in Japan are real, they are dire and they deserve the mention and consideration Nakamura provided.

    Well spoken, well reasoned and well worthy of support.

  10. lgbarn says: Mar 14, 2011 7:44 PM

    When I saw the headline, I thought it was this guy:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hikaru_Nakamura

    I was thinking what is a chess guy doing on a football site.

  11. hatesycophants says: Mar 14, 2011 8:50 PM

    @db105,

    To be fair, your (American) culture is only 230 some odd years old, whereas Japanese culture is several thousand years old. Make sense.

    There is no me.

  12. worldatlarge1 says: Mar 15, 2011 12:49 AM

    @locutus

    When Katrina happened, the Japanese government donated 200,000, even though they’re the third most powerful economy in the world. We recieved an entire lump sum of 4 million, did I mention they are the third most powerful economy in the world?

    It’s not our job to give them a helping hand, nor do we have the resources, but we do it anyway.

    And yes, there was EXTENSIVE looting in Japan after the quake, the news was too busy staring at the fire, you’re clearly uneducated, go help the Japanese if you don’t appreciate what the government does.

  13. locutus says: Mar 15, 2011 11:12 AM

    What does wealth have to do with it? Money equates to not getting any humanitarian help in your world? Is that the twisted “logic” of the new generation?

    It IS the job of civilized nations to lend helping hands to people in need and not just poor people, politically correct people, or cause du jour people in need.

    Extensive looting, huh? How would you know this? Where is the evidence of this? It was clearly present in Katrina, Haiti, and Indian Ocean tsunami and nowhere to be seen in Japan.

    My point is the hypocrisy of it all. Hollyweird and PC-ologists like to think of themselves as humanitarian. It seems that humanitarianism is only directed at what gives them the most PC brownie points. But what do I know since some of us are not as “educated” as others despite all the evidence that points to the contrary.

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