japan http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/8947/all en-US How 15 Companies Went Above and Beyond to Help Japan http://www.wisebread.com/small-business/how-15-companies-went-above-and-beyond-to-help-japan <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-label">Link:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.openforum.com/idea-hub/topics/the-world/article/how-15-companies-went-above-and-beyond-to-help-japan-glen-stansberry" target="_blank">http://www.openforum.com/idea-hub/topics/the-world/article/how-15-companies-went...</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/small-business/how-15-companies-went-above-and-beyond-to-help-japan" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000014341832Small.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Japan is <em>still</em> reeling from the massive earthquake and tsunami that rocked the country on March 11th. The disaster has the death toll at 10,000, and another 240,000 in shelters. Gathering aide for this relief is going to be massive, and the country still looks for help in various different ways. Some companies made a huge impact by donating funds, matching employees' donations, and sharing valuable equipment and resources with Japan. The outpouring of generosity from corporations has been incredible, with many finding unique ways to donated resources of all kinds. Here's how fifteen of them did it.</p> <h3>Western Union</h3> <p>Western Union created a way for people to directly donate up to $5,000 (without fees) to the Japan relief using Western Union, and the company also donated $50,000 to Mercy Corps to help. Not only that, Western Union has pledged to match donations up to $150,000 from US employees 2-to-1, and international employees 3-to-1.</p> <h3>Apple</h3> <p>Apple demonstrated its support in many different ways after the disaster. Firstly, Apple set up a donation page on iTunes that sends money straight to the Red Cross, without any fees. Later, Apple CEO <a href="http://www.macrumors.com/2011/03/17/steve-jobs-offers-support-to-apple-employees-affected-by-earthquake/">Steve Jobs emailed all Apple employees</a> worldwide offering support through their HR departments for shipping supplies to Japan. <a href="http://kevinrose.com/blogg/2011/3/14/apples-role-in-japan-during-the-tohoku-earthquake.html">Reports</a> have come in that an Apple store in Japan stayed open throughout the evening, allowing anyone to come in and use the computers and free wifi to contact loved ones. They also allowed Apple retail and corporate employees and their families to sleep in the Apple store, which was stocked with drinks and food.</p> <h3>iStockPhoto</h3> <p>iStockPhoto is <a href="http://www.istockphoto.com/donation.php">matching donations</a> dollar for dollar, and the donations will be going to one of three organizations that are already on the ground in Japan.</p> <h3>Nissan</h3> <p>Nissan has pledged $1 million to the relief fund, $500,000 going straight to the American Red Cross, and is matching contributions dollar for dollar for the first $500,000. <a href="https://american.redcross.org/site/SPageServer?pagename=ntld_corpmicrosite&amp;s_company=nissan-pub">More info</a></p> <h3>Disney</h3> <p>Disney is giving a massive $2.5 million to the American Red Cross, and is matching employee donations of up to $1 million. That's a whopping $3.5 million dollars.</p> <h3>MLB</h3> <p>Several clubs within the MLB <a href="http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/sports/news/20110319p2g00m0sp060000c.html">have launched fundraising initiatives</a> for disaster relief. Clubs include the Yankees, Seattle Mariners, Oakland Athletics, Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, and San Diego Padres. Many clubs are matching fan donations, while front offices of others are donating six figure dollar amounts to the relief.</p> <h3>LivingSocial</h3> <p>LivingSocial, a Groupon competitor, managed to raise <a href="http://livingsocial.com/deals/32115-5-for-10-donation-to-red-cross-relief-efforts">over $2 million dollars</a> through their coupon site. The web company matched over a million dollars in contributions from site users.</p> <h3>SocialShopper</h3> <p>Like LivingSocial, SocialShopper was able to raise $20,000 to the American Red Cross via a coupon on their site. $10,000 of the funds were from site visitors, with SocialShopper matching the other $10,000.</p> <h3>Teck</h3> <p>A mining industry leader Teck is pitching in by <a href="http://www.teck.com/Generic.aspx?PAGE=Teck+Site%2fMedia+Pages%2fMedia+Detail&amp;releaseNumber=11-14-TR&amp;portalName=tc">donating $1 million</a> to a few organizations on the ground in Japan. On top of the generous donation, Tech is matching employee donations up to $1.2 million dollars.</p> <h3>Hilton</h3> <p>The hotel chain is matching donations up to $250,000 <a href="https://www.hiltonhhonors.com/processLanding.aspx?lp=intlfedredcross&amp;wt.mc_id=CMEM_BNftsbB8Zlv4De">through their HHonors program</a>.</p> <h3>Bank of America</h3> <p>Bank of America has committed 100 million yen ($1.22 million USD) to the American and Japanese Red Cross organizations.</p> <h3>dealnews</h3> <p>Internet deal shopping site dealnews matched up to <a href="http://dealnews.com/dealnews-Will-Match-Up-to-25-000-in-donations-for-Japan-Relief-updated-/443459.html">$25,000</a> of donations from site users to the Red Cross.</p> <h3>JPMorgan Chase</h3> <p>The investing giant JPMorgan Chase <a href="http://investor.shareholder.com/jpmorganchase/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=556820">pledged a whopping $5 million dollars</a> to the relief in Japan. Here's how the donation was broken down:</p> <ul> <li>$1.1 million as a direct donation</li> <li>$1 million dollars in matching to both World Vision and the American Red Cross by JPMorgan Chase employees</li> </ul> <h3>American Express</h3> <p>American Express <a href="http://about.americanexpress.com/news/pr/2011/japan_relief.aspx">has contributed $100,000</a> to the Red Cross, and is waiving merchant fees for donations to the organizations listed on <a href="http://www.usaid.gov/">USAID</a>.</p> <h3>Subaru</h3> <p>Subaru has donated $500,000, with employees also donating over $100,000 to the cause. The parent company of Subaru Fuji Heavy Industries is donating $500,000 worth of generators, lighting units, and other supplies. In addition to those donations, Subaru has an initiative that matches Subaru dealer contributions to the American Red Cross of up to $100,000.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/glen-stansberry">Glen Stansberry</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/small-business/how-15-companies-went-above-and-beyond-to-help-japan">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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When tragedy strikes, it is important for people to come together and help those in need. However, sometimes people can't afford to donate money and give in other ways instead.</p> <p><b>How do you donate to charity? &nbsp;</b>Do you donate money or time? Do you have a certain charity you like to give to? Will you donate to help the victims in Japan?</p> <p>Tell us how you donate to charity and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</p> <h2>Win 1 of 3 $20 Amazon Gift Cards</h2> <p>We're doing three giveaways &mdash; one for random comments, one for random Facebook &quot;Likes&quot;, and another one for random tweets.</p> <h3>Enter 1 of 3 Ways:</h3> <ul> <li>Post your answer in the comments below, or</li> <li>Go to our <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Wise-Bread/26830741467?ref=ts">Facebook page</a>, &quot;Like&quot; us, then &quot;Like&quot; the update mentioning this giveaway (you can comment, as well &mdash; but you don't have to for entry), or</li> <li><a href="http://www.twitter.com/">Tweet</a> your answer. You have to be a follower of our <a href="http://twitter.com/wisebread">@wisebread account</a>. Include both &quot;@wisebread&quot; and &quot;#WBAsk&quot; in your tweet so we'll see it and count it.</li> </ul> <p><strong>If you're inspired to write a whole blog post OR you have a photo on flickr to share, please link to it in the comments or tweet it.</strong></p> <h4>Giveaway Rules:</h4> <ul> <li>Contest ends Monday, March 14th at 11:59 pm Pacific. Winners will be announced after March 14th on the original post and via Twitter. Winners will also be contacted via email, Facebook, and Twitter Direct Message.</li> <li>You can enter all three drawings &mdash; once by leaving a comment, once by liking our Facebook update, and once by tweeting.</li> <li>You must be 18 and US resident to enter. Void where prohibited.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Good Luck!</strong></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tell us how you give to charity and we&#039;ll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card! </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-do-you-give-to-charity">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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It's <em>that</em> familiar.</p> <p>A nation reeling from popped real estate and financial collapse mopes through a recession and struggles with a crisis of confidence, its president making pledges that everything will be okay.</p> <p>It sounds like a broken record, doesn't it?</p> <p>Well, except I'm talking about Japan and the president in question is not Barack Obama but Junichiro Koizumi, and the year in question was 2001, not 2010.</p> <p>But it <em>is</em> 2010, and parallels to <a href="http://www.aei.org/outlook/27568">Japanese banking</a> in the 1990s and our banks in the &quot;oughts&quot; now abound.</p> <p>Four words: bad loans and deflation risk.</p> <p>That's five words, but it's important to note that recently, U.S. banks such as BB&amp;T and Sun Trust both set up special panels to explore potential exposure to <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/idUKTRE69B2AU20101012">deflation</a>.</p> <p>Deflation is the general decrease in the price level of goods and services across the board, usually due to a systemic downturn and the resulting desperate effort to cut prices to compete. Deflation also sometimes results from monetary policy that overdoes it in an effort to avoid inflation. Ironic, isn't it?</p> <p>According to <em>Reuters:</em></p> <blockquote><p>BB&amp;T ran its books through a stress test to gauge the bank's performance in a scenario in which there is deflation for the next 10 years, as part of the bank's own internal projections of various economic scenarios, Chief Financial Officer Daryl Bible said.&quot;</p> </blockquote> <h3>Why does Japan in the 1990s keeps coming up?</h3> <p>At the outset of the U.S. crisis in early 2008, the American Enterprise Institute examined Japan's lost decade, about which the think tank says that an &quot;economic cycle driven by a collapse in the market for an asset &mdash; such as land or housing &mdash; to which the banking system is heavily exposed is a dangerous beast.&quot;</p> <p>That &quot;dangerous beast&quot; was Japan 20 years ago and it ended just 10 years ago. That dangerous beast could also loom here in the U.S. today. The common denominator: bad bank loans were, by and large, the culprit.</p> <p>As the Reuters piece points out, Japanese banks discovered what is now known as the &quot;lost decade&quot;; deflation means that loan collateral values decline, exacerbating already under-performing loans.</p> <p>The article goes on to say:</p> <blockquote><p>Loans may become more likely to fail, as borrowers tire of paying high rates of interest to finance assets that are worth much less than they had been previously. A second credit crisis could emerge.&quot;</p> </blockquote> <p>If regional powerhouse U.S. banks such as Sun Trust and BB&amp;T &mdash; both of which received TARP money and both of which are present in areas hit by rising foreclosures &mdash; are either thinking about or hedging against deflation, then it's only a matter of time before cheap money and sluggish economic growth increases the possibility of making widespread deflation an actual reality.</p> <p>Indeed, the risk of continued deterioration of already bad loans continue to scare U.S. banks, which have a danger of falling further into hock on outstanding loans to say nothing of the continued &quot;<a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2010/10/07/130408926/quantitative-easing-explained">quantitative easing</a>&quot; at the U.S. Federal Reserve and currently low Treasury yield curves.</p> <p>Who better to explain what might happen than Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Japan's largest bank and &quot;lost decade&ndash;bad loan&quot; poster child?</p> <p>According to a <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-07-22/treasury-curve-to-flatten-on-economic-lost-decade-mitsubishi-ufj-says.html">Bloomberg</a> piece earlier this summer, the bank's proprietary trading chief <a target="_blank" title="Search News" href="http://search.bloomberg.com/search?q=Kenichi%20Imai&amp;site=wnews&amp;client=wnews&amp;proxystylesheet=wnews&amp;output=xml_no_dtd&amp;ie=UTF-8&amp;oe=UTF-8&amp;filter=p&amp;getfields=wnnis&amp;sort=date:D:S:d1&amp;partialfields=-wnnis:NOAVSYND&amp;lr=-lang_ja">Kenichi Imai</a> had this to say:</p> <blockquote><p>With the effect of government stimulus measures wearing off, the U.S. economy may face a prolonged soft patch, rather than a double bottom.&quot;</p> </blockquote> <p>Soft Patch? Opposite of a hard patch? Flaccid? Sounds maybe a little bit, I don't know...deflated, even.</p> <p>Let's hope not.</p> <p>As Bill Isaac, chairman of LECG Global Financial Services and a former FDIC chairman, points out, deflation is not good given that U.S. banks are still assessing non-performing and under-performing loans and testing their balance sheets against deflationary scenarios.</p> <p>Think you've heard this already? Just wait.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jabulani-leffall">Jabulani Leffall</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/us-banks-and-the-tokyo-drift">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/bank-based-small-dollar-loans-an-alternative-to-payday-loans">Bank-Based Small-Dollar Loans: An Alternative to Payday Loans</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-unions-vs-banks-whats-the-difference">Credit Unions vs. Banks: What&#039;s the Difference?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-countries-where-banks-pay-crazy-interest-rates">10 Countries Where Banks Pay Crazy Interest Rates</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/six-options-if-youre-underwater-on-your-mortgage">6 Options if You&#039;re Underwater on Your Mortgage</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/citimortage-told-me-to-default-on-my-loan-if-i-want-their-help">CitiMortgage Told Me to Default on My Loan</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Banking Financial News bank loans banking strategies currency rates deflation dollar value housing market international japan yen Thu, 21 Oct 2010 12:00:10 +0000 Jabulani Leffall 266327 at http://www.wisebread.com For the Love of Ramen: An Interview with Ed from RamenRamenRamen.net http://www.wisebread.com/for-the-love-of-ramen-an-interview-with-ed-from-ramenramenramen-net <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/for-the-love-of-ramen-an-interview-with-ed-from-ramenramenramen-net" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/ramen.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When I brainstorm for cheap eats I often think of packets of ramen. Today I had the pleasure of interviewing Ed from <a href="http://www.ramenramenramen.net/" target="_blank">ramenramenramen.net</a>. Ed reviews hundreds of types of ramen on <a href="http://ramenramenramen.net">his website</a> and I consider him to be a folk hero to ramen lovers everywhere. Ramen is usually more than just a flavor packet and dried noodles and Ed has a <a href="http://www.ramenramenramen.net/ramen-glossary/" target="_blank">great ramen glossary</a> to explain the complexities in real ramen. Read on for some interesting ramen facts! </p> <p><strong>Are you a ramen lover because you like to save money? How much do you think you have saved by eating lots of ramen?</strong></p> <p>Actually, the instant ramen I usually eat isn&#39;t cheap. I love &quot;real&quot; ramen, and I tend to prefer some of the more expensive &quot;Japanese imported&quot; instant ramen. The cheap stuff is great too, but once you&#39;ve had the better instant ramen, it just doesn&#39;t compare.</p> <p><strong>What is the most expensive ramen you ever bought? Was it worth it?</strong></p> <p>I think the most expensive instant ramen I&#39;ve bought was around $4-5. It was one of the &quot;bowl ramen&quot; from Japan and it even had a piece of pork! Seriously! I don&#39;t remember which one it was exactly, but I can dig up my post on it. Was it worth it? Even the best bowl ramen I&#39;ve had doesn&#39;t compare to a good bowl of real ramen, but yes, it was darn good.</p> <p><strong>What stores are your best sources for acquiring ramen?</strong></p> <p>There are a few Japanese supermarkets in my area that I check out on a regular basis. There&#39;s a Mitsuwa and Marukai, big supermarket chains. Those tend to be the best sources.<br /><strong><br />How much ramen do you eat each week?</strong></p> <p>I try to eat ramen about once a week or every other week. This week, my wife is on vacation so I&#39;ve been eating ramen more often. Shh...don&#39;t tell...hahaha</p> <p><strong>What is the most disgusting or scary ramen ingredients you have ever seen? What is your favorite?</strong></p> <p>I&#39;ve never seen it in person, but there&#39;s a picture of ice cream ramen on my blog: <a href="http://www.ramenramenramen.net/2007/10/28/ice-cream-ramen/" target="_blank">http://www.ramenramenramen.net/2007/10/28/ice-cream-ramen/</a> . But that doesn&#39;t sound nearly so bad as natto ramen. Natto, if you don&#39;t know, is really an acquired taste. It&#39;s a sticky bean dish that tastes like...I don&#39;t know...<em><strong>spider webs and dirt?</strong></em> My favorite ramen is boring old shoyu or chashu ramen (which is just shoyu ramen with extra pork). I still think it&#39;s the best.</p> <p><strong>Do you think ramen is a healthy food? What could you add to ramen to make it extra yummy and healthy?</strong></p> <p>Real ramen is definitely healthy. It&#39;s a Japanese fast food and much healthier than the fast foods we Americans eat. Instant ramen is not too bad, though it usually has a lot of sodium. I like throwing in mushrooms when I&#39;m cooking instant ramen, especially enoki mushrooms because it&#39;s healthy and so easy. I also make hard boil eggs to go with my ramen. You could just as easily add some bamboo, green onions, corn, assorted veggies, or if you&#39;re really ambitious, roast pork!</p> <p><strong>When you dated your wife did you share your love for ramen with her?</strong></p> <p>Yes! My wife also enjoys ramen, but she doesn&#39;t quite like to eat it all the time like I do. We went to Japan for our honeymoon and I actually took her to the Ramen Museum in Yokohama. Haha.</p> <p><strong>What did she think?</strong></p> <p>She&#39;s a great sport about it. She&#39;s actually the one that encouraged me to start a web site about ramen.</p> <p><strong>Did you design that <a href="http://www.ramenramenramen.net/ramen-lapel-pin/" target="_blank">yummy looking lapel pin</a> on your site? Have you seen anyone wear it?</strong></p> <p>Yes I did. Thanks for the compliment. Some of my friends wear it but I haven&#39;t been lucky enough to see anybody else wear one :(</p> <p><strong>Well, that&#39;s all now. Next time you come to San Mateo you should definitely go to Santa Ramen. They have a larger location now so it fits 65 people. The wait isn&#39;t so bad anymore! I just had the always sold out stewed pork topping for the first time last weekend and it was super yummy!</strong></p> <p>Thanks for the interview! I will definitely check out Santa Ramen the next time I&#39;m in the area! Thanks for the heads up!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/xin-lu">Xin Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/for-the-love-of-ramen-an-interview-with-ed-from-ramenramenramen-net">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cooking-great-meals-with-your-car-engine-the-heat-is-on">Cooking great meals with your car engine. 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