A week has passed since the Tohoku-Pacific Ocean Earthquake and Tsunami struck, which has been a disaster of unprecedented proportions for Japan.
The BGA is not organising a specific fund for people to donate to the relief operations. However, we are pleased to direct you to the one organised by the Japanese Ambassador. Donations to this fund will be forwarded to the Japanese Red Cross Society.
In addition we are aware that the admission fee for the beginners class being held at Nippon Club Igo Kai tomorrow (19th March) is being donated through the British Red Cross (not the Japanese Red Cross), in order to take advantage of the UK Government's Gift Aid scheme. Donating in this way adds 25% to a donation for a UK tax payer - but you do need to fill in the appropriate HMRC form. (Higher rate tax payers can reclaim additional tax on such donations.)
Our thoughts and sympathy are with the Japanese people at this time and we hope for a speedy recovery.