Thinking of Japan

James / March 14th, 2011

Work has been a little slow, since the disasters in Japan are on my mind, and everyone else’s. My best wishes go out and hope that life can return to normal for many of you soon.

For everyone else who can help or donate in any way, I found this page which offers many options.


  • March 14, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    Thanks for the link, James. Donated $25 to Red Cross.

  • Ronin

    March 14, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    Thanks James. For anyone in Canada, this is a link to another great organization.–how-to-donate-to-relief-efforts-in-japan

  • March 14, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    Great link for info and donations. Japan needs our help now.

  • skinnyluigi

    March 14, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    I am very happy to see this kind gesture. Very appreciated. I intend to donate

  • hate those fucking shitty games

    March 15, 2011 at 1:42 am

    You’re awesome James. Thanks for the link, I also intend to donate. I myself have been learning Japanese for about 4 months now and I plan to move there in the future. (I’m only 16 right now.) And it’s scary to see what happens to the country you want to move to.

  • March 15, 2011 at 2:36 am

    Having experienced the earthquake and seeing the damage it has done I just wanted to show my gratitude for what you are doing now.
    Every little bit of help counts right now.

    Pray for the people in the north parts of Japan, they are having a way harder time the us in Tokyo.

    /Magnus (huge fan btw)


    March 15, 2011 at 2:42 am

    The nightmare for us in Tokyo is just about to begin because of the nuclear threat. I recommend you to flee Tokyo as soon as possible because if you wait till government declares state of emergency here, then it will be too late and there will be no way to leave Tokyo by then. I will be leaving Tokyo today, i made the decision after seeing they already detected higher levels of radiation than usual. Thats only the beginning.

  • March 15, 2011 at 3:01 am

    James, I’ve been a fan of yours for a long time. This only makes me love you even more man! I’ve been living in Japan for a while now and have experienced the horrors of this disaster for myself. Thank you for supporting those this has effected!

  • TehJedicake

    March 15, 2011 at 3:07 am

    Well said, James =] I don’t have a lot, but I’ll chip in 10 bucks πŸ˜€

  • DarkBolo

    March 15, 2011 at 4:04 am

    I love Japan and I wll pray for them every day…
    It’s so sad, that so beautiful and rich(kulture) country was so defastated.

  • Snejku

    March 15, 2011 at 5:15 am

    Also! Everyone make sure to spread the help site posted, to your msn.. skype, aim contacts and so forth. That way you can contribute as well, even if you haven’t got money you can offer yourself. Spread the word to help this great nation!

  • sugawara

    March 15, 2011 at 6:06 am

    rest assured that your initiative is highly appreciated James. As I am working in Japan, I feel particularly concerned about the recent threats and damages to the country (though I do not think we should let panic get the best of us). I am a huge fan of your work, and this initiative honours you even more.
    PS: As I’m French, I apologise in advance for any dodgy spelling or any related horrors inflicted to this language that might exist in this message^^

  • Miyu Sekine.

    March 15, 2011 at 7:04 am

    Thanks James from Tokyo. I’m a big fan of you. our situation is quite destructive now. but we japanese people got a genuine nintendo power!
    Thanks again for you mentioned the far east event and I cheer you always.

  • Ty Hope

    March 15, 2011 at 9:27 am

    I’m an American living in Japan (been here for 15 years). The last few days have been crazy. I live in Chiba so I’m not too close to the “bad zones.” We did get hit with a 7.0 though and it was the scariest thing I have ever been through. Crap was flying everywhere. You totally feel helpless. The tremors have also been non-stop for 5 days now. Insanity.


    March 15, 2011 at 10:55 am

    You really are awesome James D. Rolfe.
    I am glad that you are also concerned about the situation in the “Land of the Rising Sun”.
    May we pray for their safety.

  • Marbo

    March 15, 2011 at 11:53 am

    I think a suitable song for this situation would be Kraftwerk – Radioactivity. and as they sing in that song “stop the radioactivity”…

  • mattias473

    March 15, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    I was an expat (Swedish) living in Japan. My school was canceled, the radiation was worse so I evacuated to California (where I use to live) and waiting to see, what will happen. I hope the situation will get better, so I can return there.

    HUGE FAN JAMES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • supermangaz

    March 15, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    My sincere condolences to all the friends and family members that were affected by this event. I too wish Japan and all its citizens a quick recovery.

  • ajgenard

    March 15, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    I have total faith in Japan. The country is so well organized that they can bounce back from anything. Their government has minimal red tape, they are having very few problems with looting, and everyone works together generally speaking. They REALLY have their shit together. I think this is one of the worthiest (if that’s a word) causes to donate to.

  • NDean

    March 15, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    Big fan James πŸ™‚ and ty for posting this. I don’t have much but was able to donate today and am really glad you posted that link. We all have to work together, put aside our beliefs and differences and all the hate, and we have to take care of each other and our world because it’s all we have.

  • Elemence

    March 15, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    I feel just like everyone else does about Japan and my heart and wishes extend to them. BUT, before you donate please look into who you are donating to. Here is a helpful link…

  • Shikinanaya100

    March 15, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    James, if I may ask you something. Why not try a fund raiser, I for one think fans would give more money for the cause. Maybe you could try something like that other nerd did. Play all your games in one day or something. That would be kind of cool, maybe have you Mike, and Kyle all playing or something. I find it really would make more people give more money. Or maybe you should try to throw together a special video just for it, showing your whole crew telling your fans to help Japan. I don’t know, do a few Japanese only Nintendo games or something, then give that message toward the end. Just some ideas so you could help out more if you feel down about it. Cause some people may want to give money, but may not be able to, or know how to. I feel you could tell them how, and they would feel that giving money to Japan would be even better because there nerd ideal tells them to. So yeah, use your power a little people look up to you, in a sense it would be your way to help the cause. I hope you get around to reading this, I find it may help you. If you did not think of it already.

  • March 15, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    I (remember the I) have not seen any other eCelebrity (is it fair to call James Rolfe an eCelebrity when he has like millions of fans?) Do this kind of thing. Really kind gesture of yours.

  • Otaku4Life

    March 15, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    Japan Society is also asking for donations on their website.

  • NDean

    March 15, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    Shikinanaya100 Has a great idea and I fully agree. I think that would be pretty cool and I do think it would be effective. It’s a nice morale boost and I think it would get people to open their eyes a bit more and help out.

  • zashi

    March 15, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    Yeah, James. I can’t work at all. I have a close friends there in Japan.
    Anyway, i wish that Godzilla ate these fucking reactors!


  • Otaku4Life

    March 15, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    I forgot to mention that I donated $20 to Japan Society and I’m also a card carrying member as well.

  • jamesf

    March 16, 2011 at 2:02 am

    Thanks James for posting about this.

    Seeing the comments on here of those who personally experienced the tragedy only makes this horrific event all the more real for those of us living outside Japan.

    I agree with NDean that Shikinanaya100’s idea is a good one. From reading the comments throughout the site, it definitely seems safe to say that the fans look up to you, James. A video about Japan-only games with a message to contribute at the end or, also like Shikinanaya100 ‘s suggested, hosting a fundraiser of some kind would certainly inspire some fans who might not know how to contribute to the cause to do so.

  • March 16, 2011 at 7:27 am

    Thanks for the advice, but ive decided to stay and wait it out, my girl is a nurse and she does not want to leave. I guess im stuck..

    Its going to be better form now, atleast I hope so.
    It was kinda wierd tho, I went to shibuya today and it was like pitch black, it kinda felt like a ghost town…Seems many people decided to leave.

    Anyhow, lets hope for the best guys!

  • browncoat

    March 16, 2011 at 8:38 am

    Thanks for the link. Donated $50. Everyone should give something. These people need help, drastically.

  • March 16, 2011 at 9:57 am

    In Russia we have a charity fund “Creation” in which I am a philanthropist. We also collect money to send those who are not lucky in Japan.
    And thank you, James, for this post.

  • March 16, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    My father, stepmother and stepsister all live in Japan and were all there when the disaster happened. I am so lucky that they are all OK…

  • TomM

    March 16, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    I feel really sorry for the people in Japan. Unfortunately I am unable to donate any money (not old enough = no credit/ debit card). James, I think it’s great that you always find time to post things on here to try to help others. Also read Shikinanaya100’s comment it’s a pretty good idea! Chris that’s a good idea!

  • OdieMikes

    March 16, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    Fundraisers a bomb idea man. Props to Shiki. James, you got your start with a Nintendo, so you know you gotta pay back big! Just a joke to lighten the mood.

  • Mr. Yellow

    March 16, 2011 at 11:34 pm

    Hey James, I know you are a Godzilla, fan you reviewed Super Infra-man. Here’s a collection of Tokusatsu fans (Japanese genre of special effects shows/movies/etc) getting together to donate money to someone directly in Japan who is going to hand deliver it to the Japanese Red Cross personally.

    Here’s the link:

  • Unlikely Johnny

    March 17, 2011 at 8:53 am

    I’ve been living in Sendai for the past four years. I stumbled across this site a few years ago. It has kept me sane and provided me with so many laughs throughout my time in Japan. I was in a 7.0 last Wednesday, but nothing can be compared to the 9.0 that followed on Friday afternoon. Water is slowly coming back on in some areas, but supplies are low and many rescue areas still have nothing. I’ve moved to the other side of the island for right now, but I’ll be returning to Sendai in a few days. That place is my home, and it is filled with my friends. To come to the site and see the support that you guys have shown on here is unbelievable. You guys are awesome. Do what you can for the people of Japan. Even if all you can do is give words of support. It goes a long way. Thanks to everyone, and big thanks to James for posting this up. Stay positive, stay safe, much love guys

  • jamieinjapan

    March 18, 2011 at 10:43 am

    Hey James. I’m currently living in Japan, not near where the tsunami/earthquake(s) hit, but I did feel the 9.0M earthquake. Anyway, I’m a fan of your work and just wanted to say thanks for your post.

  • Hammerpants

    March 18, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    My prayers and support are with the people of Japan in this difficult time.

    Remember folks, even if you can’t afford a currency or clothing donation at this time, you can still donate your time to local organizations in your area who are sending supplies to Japan (helping them organize, pack, and ship the needed medicine, food and building material to the island) .

  • March 18, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    Big up to my homies in japan, pour a little liquor (sob) maximum respect, Wu Tang Forever!

  • March 21, 2011 at 10:13 am

    Life is indeed a crual mistress .

  • themightySNORE

    March 21, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    If I may share something with everyone?

    Right now, it is far too dangerous for civilians volunteers and even most medical and emergency staff to go over and help out Japan (save for extremely well-trained relief corps and personnel) .

    But when things settle down and the Japanese government gives the okay, there will be opportunities for people to volunteer to go over to the
    island to help recovery and relief efforts.

    For example, some members of my church and I planning on signing up for duty (perhaps with the SA) and heading over to help.

    Now I know it’s a little early to begin discussing this, but since
    there might be other people who might be thinking of doing the same
    thing, I thought I might share this link with you.

    It’s basically a summary of what to expect in a AMD (After Major Disaster) situation as a volunteer, how to prepare, how to help, some warnings etc.

    I hope this helps.

  • Squall85

    March 21, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    I donated on my PS3, since all the great stuff that is out on the market is made by japanese people and there’s no better way of giving then give through their leading consumer product πŸ™‚

  • Unlikely Johnny

    March 29, 2011 at 3:49 am

    Hey guys, I’m still in Sendai. Things are coming back on slowly around here. Some places still don’t have services, and most shops have a limited number of supplies. Most things are returning to normal little by little. But the northern hardest hit areas still have little to nothing. I hate to put this on here, but if you are looking for a place to donate, I have a friend who lived in Ishinomaki (a town flattened by the tsunami) for three years. He has since moved back to Canada. He started a charity for the victims of the disaster. He’s selling T-shirts with all money going to the relief effort. Here’s his info:

    T-shirts. Ladies and Men’s sizes.
    To help the victims of the 03/11 Tsunami.
    20$ Canadian. (+shipping if you live outside of Mtl)
    EMAIL: [email protected]
    PHONE: (514) 616-8030.
    I have paypal, so you can pay by credit card

    Even if you don’t buy a T-shirt from him, try and do what you can and donate somewhere else. Northern Japanese people are some of the most awesome bunch of people you will ever meet. Again, I’m very sorry for posting this on here. But I’m trying to do what I can. Much love everyone (Thanks James)

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