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It is with great concern we are seeing the images from Japan. The scene of the devastation is quite amazing. It will be a while for all of us to get a full sense of the disaster and its impact.
Our team in Japan was in fact hosting a conversation with 30 NGO representatives from our Community Technology Skills Program partner the National Council of Women who were in the building for a training event. Some of the representatives are from across Japan including some of the worst hit areas of the disaster. This was their annual review of the program. The Japan team has been working hard to supply food, drinks and blankets to all those remaining in the building.
Our team is working to determine the best response and is working with the Red Cross in Japan and other key local NGOs to determine the level of assistance they may require.
Microsoft is also putting in place a range of services and resources to support relief efforts in Japan including:
The Disaster Response team will be connecting with our colleagues from the Microsoft Japan Subsidiary over the weekend to get the latest information on where/how Microsoft may be able to lend support.
Several organizations are offering support to help victims of the Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami relief. Here are a few ways you can help:
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Bing has donated $100,000 to the Japanese Red Cross to aid relief efforts. See the latest post for details on Microsoft's support in relief efforts for Japan.