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Running on Fumes

How Motorcyclists Can Help Japan

Thursday, March 17, 2011
The devastating earthquake in Japan has killed thousands and left many more displaced from their homes. Riders can do their small part in the relief effort by contributing to Moto For Japan. Started by Greg Hatton and Jon Bekefy, Moto For Japan has raised $6650 at the time of this posting. All donations are sent to the Japanese Red Cross.
Honda Tochigi Automotive Parts Factory
The Honda Tochigi automotive parts factory has shut down temporarily due to the Japanese earthquake and tsunami.

Motojournalist Mark Gardiner has another take on how riders can assist Japan: Buy some Honda stock. The Backmarker columnist and author of Riding Man argues that after the initial wave of shock and destruction pass by, and once the nuclear crisis is resolved, the Japanese economy will need one thing above all for recovery – investment. 

Says Gardiner: “The world needs to see that Japan's down but not out, and that the billions of dollars of investment that will be needed to rebuild are just that, an investment. Because the world's attention span is sadly short, and when sympathy stops driving charity, what will remain is a desire for profit.”

Honda stock took a dive when news of the disaster hit and is already on the rebound. Altruism with a capital gain... There’s more than one way to help.

Visit Gardiner’s blog, bikewriter.com, to read the full post. On a related note: Motorcycle USA is proud to announce that Gardiner and his popular Backmarker column have found a home here at MCUSA. The first installment is coming soon, so stay tuned.
Post Tags: japan earthquake, japan tsunami
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