Almost 3 weeks after the Earthquake and Tsunami hit Japan survivors are still living without basic necessities: food, water, electricity, etc. Panasonic is doing what it can to help. Among all the aid they have sent so far, there were thousands of Solar powered lanterns sent to Japan just a few days after the earthquake.
A day after the earthquake the Panasonic Corporation issued a press release stating their monetary plus to Japan. How much of a donation was it? Panasonic donated, "300 million yen monetary contributions and in-kind donations of 10,000 units each of radios and flashlights and 500,000 dry batteries to aid victims and support the recovery of areas affected by the strong earthquake that struck Tohoku area on March 11" (Panasonic March 12, 2011 Press Release).
A few days later, in addition to monetary donations, Panasonic sent 4,000 solar-powered lanterns to places hardest hit in Japan: Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures. Within the 4000 units donated there were two types of Solar LED lantern models sent. One type includes a USB output. The USB output can be used to recharge cell phone. Hopefully this will allow survivors to connect with their loved ones.
If you don't think the monetary donations and the Solar LEDs are enough, don't worry. Panasonic hasn't stopped giving. On March 29th Panasonic announced they would send additional aid to Japan. The aid would be in the form of one unit of Panasonic's Life Innovation Container. A unit of Panasonic's Life Innovation Container contains solar modules and power storage batteries. The unit will be "installed at a local disaster task force at Bay Side Arena in Minami-Sanrikucho, Miyagi Prefecture to provide power to communication facilities" (Panasonic March 29, 2011 Press Release).
To learn more about all the help sent to Japan via Panasonic or if you just want to learn more about Panasonic visit the Panasonic News Portal and keep up to date. To learn more about how you can help bring a little light to Japan too visit How to help the victims of the Japan earthquake. Every little bit counts.
Then take a look at many of Japan innovative ideas and invnetions at Steve's J A P A N O R A M A.
Via Treehugger and Panasonic Press Release March 15th