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Have we helped any Japanese to find couches?
Posted April 11th, 2011 - 7:39 am from Skovde, Sweden
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Posted April 17th, 2011 - 8:44 am by from Velbert, Germany (Permalink)
Yes, no answer... I speak with japanese Embassy in Düsseldorf. They answer by email, thanks for your offer to help, you are on a list...

Not easy... I dont know, only the flight problem...

All the best,

Anjuta & Fabian

Posted April 20th, 2011 - 12:36 am by from Sapporo, Japan (Permalink)
Sadly no. I don't think so.

Many of the evacuees don't have computer access.
Don't know Couch Surfing.
Don't speak English (Couch Surfing top page is mainly English).
Are unlikely to approach a complete stranger and ask to stay at their home.
Don't have the money to get to Tokyo...let alone a foreign country.

There are some Japanese websites linking private individuals with people looking for temporary accommodation and they are having some success.
But really this is a cultural thing, Japanese people are more likely to wait at their uncomfortable evacuation center where there is centralised information about the crises and first a) accept the offer of public housing in a place nearby b) sign up with a Japanese charity group that is offering accommodation or c) move as a whole community to a better evacuation center.

So you can see: going on line privately to a mainly English website with mainly foreign people offering accommodation all over the world is a HUGE and uncertain step for someone to take.

I too am impressed with the CS spirit here - but this time I don't think we can help thru this website.
Those of us here in Japan can offer our accomodation thru a Japanese-run charity/website and ALL of us can make sure to keep the crises and its victims' needs publicised whereever we live by doing charity events and campaigns.

I'm registered with a charity here in the city where I live in Japan to offer housing to a family from the nuclear evacutation zone. I registered 3 weeks ago. Still waiting....


Posted April 21st, 2011 - 1:08 pm by from Burbank, United States (Permalink)
Hey Amanda,

You are probably right. Even in normal circumstances many of my Japanese friends are shocked when I explain CS to them. Though there are still many who use it, perhaps someone has found accommodation.

Would you have recommendations of Japanese charity groups that those of us in Japan could look into? Or what to search for or where to look?