Steve Jobs Sends Thoughts & Help to Apple Japan

The earthquake and tsunami in Japan has shown the best and the worst of people. Following the terrible tragedy with numerous loss of life we told about how some internet fraudsters were taking advantage by setting up bogus donation sites, but we have also shown how people have come together in this time of crisis with help and support. Now we hear that Steve Jobs, CEO of the mighty Apple, has sent an e-mail offering thoughts and support to the Apple team in Japan.

We shouldn’t forget that as well as seeing the odd negative we have also seen plenty of positives from the social media and tech world, following events in Japan. We’ve told of various fundraising campaigns such as Lady Gaga on Twitter selling her ‘Pray for Japan’ bracelet, to a Facebook ‘Like’ fundraiser for rescue dogs. We’ve also heard how companies such as AT&T are offering free phone calls and texts to Japan and yesterday told how for some gaming apps sold for the Apple iPhone, monies paid will be going to the Red Cross Disaster Relief appeal for Japan.

The news of the e-mail from Steve Jobs to all Apple employees in Japan is heartening, particularly as he is ill himself at the moment but took the trouble to offer his support. News of this came to us from Arnold Kim of MacRumors, and the e-mail was posted to, via the Macotakara website. The e-mail reads: –

To Our Team in Japan,
We have all been following the unfolding disaster in Japan. Our hearts go out to you and your families, as well as all of your countrymen who have been touched by this tragedy.
If you need time or resources to visit or care for your families, please see HR and we will help you. If you are aware of any supplies that are needed, please also tell HR and we will do what we can to arrange delivery.
Again, our hearts go out to you during this unimaginable crisis.
Please stay safe.
Steve and the entire Executive Team

You may have read our post yesterday where we mentioned that the release of the iPad 2 in Japan would now be delayed, but of course that hardly seems relevant given the current situation. MacRumors also mentions how Apple has established a Red Cross donations scheme through iTunes. Meanwhile Josh Ong over on Apple Insider wrote about how many people were using Apple Stores in Japan, almost like a meeting point, where they were allowed to charge their mobile devices, and also were able to use Wi-Fi free of charge. It’s good to know that when it’s really needed, help and support for the people of Japan is evident across the globe and we imagine we may hear of yet more good deeds and endeavors over the coming weeks and months.

What are your thoughts of how social media and also the tech world are rallying to support the Japanese people at this time? Have you heard of any more offers of help from major companies? Let us know with your comments.