About San Jose Japantown Lions
The San Jose Japantown Lions Club was chartered in April of 2011, just 1 month after the disastrous earthquake and tsunami in Tohoku in the Sendai province of Japan, .
Our club logo is an adaptation of “The Great Wave off Kanagawa” a woodblock print published in the early 1830’s by the Japanese artist Hokusai.
We volunteer and support many International, National, and especially Japantown Community projects, with our main focus being on youth, seniors, veterans, and those with sight and hearing challenges. We share a core belief that a strong local community is an essential building block in a major city like San Jose.
Our mission is to work with and for community agencies and organizations within the Historic San Jose Japantown Community to help preserve it’s cultural significance within San Jose, California, and the United States.
Below are a few facts regarding the earthquake in Japan on March 11, 2011, excerpted from Wikipedia.
The earthquake moved Honshu (the main island of Japan) 2.4 m (8 ft) east, shifted the Earth on its axis by estimates of between 10 cm (4 in) and 25 cm (10 in), and generated infrasound waves detected in perturbations of the low-orbiting GOCE satellite. On 10 March 2015, a Japanese National Police Agency report confirmed 15,894 deaths, 6,152 injured, and 2,562 people missing across twenty prefectures, as well as 228,863 people living away from their home in either temporary housing or due to permanent relocation. A 10 February 2014 agency report listed 127,290 buildings totally collapsed, with a further 272,788 buildings “half collapsed”, and another 747,989 buildings partially damaged.
The tsunami caused nuclear accidents, primarily the level 7 meltdowns at three reactors in the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant complex, and the associated evacuation zones affecting hundreds of thousands of residents.
About Lions Club International
Where There’s a NEED, There’s a LION
Whenever a Lions club gets together, problems get smaller. And communities get better. That’s because we help where help is needed – in our own communities and around the world – with unmatched integrity and energy.
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Our 46,000 clubs and 1.4+ million members make us the world’s largest service club organization. We’re also one of the most effective. Our members do whatever is needed to help their local communities. Everywhere we work, we make friends. With children who need eyeglasses, with seniors who don’t have enough to eat and with people we may never meet.
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