Wed., March 16, 2011 2:25pm (EDT)

Georgia Helps With Japan Relief
By Noel Brown
Updated: 3 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
Georgia and Japan have close ties both culturally and economically. Now there are efforts from the corporate and private sectors to bring relief to the earthquake-stricken country. (Photo courtesy Japan-America Society of Georgia)
Georgia and Japan have close ties both culturally and economically. Now there are efforts from the corporate and private sectors to bring relief to the earthquake-stricken country. (Photo courtesy Japan-America Society of Georgia)
Japan is Georgia’s 4th largest export destination and about 30 of the state’s companies have operations there.

Since the devastating quake hit Japan last week many Georgia firms have given generously.

Atlanta-based Coca-Cola pledged more than 7 million dollars in aid and companies like zipper manufacturer YKK have offered to match employee donations.

The state is also home to more than 7,000 Japanese Americans.

Since Monday the Japan America Society of Georgia has raised more than 10,000 dollars to help earthquake victims in the country’s Miyagi Prefecture.

Yoshi Domoto is the group’s executive director.

"Even though we are half way across the world from Japan we need to stay together and show our support to the people of Japan who need it the most," says Domoto.

Some charities offering relief include the American Red Cross, Oxfam America and Save the Children.