State of Illinois Announces Japan Relief Effort

Chicago, IL – Illinois Governor Pat Quinn announced in a press conference on April 15 that the State of Illinois plans to donate personal radiation detectors and agricultural products to the people of Japan following the March 11 earthquake, tsunami and resulting nuclear crisis.

Governor Quinn detailed a relief effort that involves an immediate donation of 2,000 radiation detectors, and a comprehensive plan to work with the Illinois Departments of Agriculture and Commerce and Economic Development (DCEO) to provide vital agricultural aid to Japan. According to the Governor, following this year's harvest, the State of Illinois will work closely with the Illinois agricultural industry to develop a plan that will best deliver donations of corn, soybeans and other agricultural products needed by the Japanese people.

Masuda, Funai, Eifert & Mitchell, Ltd. worked with the Consulate General of Japan at Chicago, the Japan External Trade Organization and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries to assist the Illinois Government with coordinating the donation of agricultural products.

"The issues facing the Japanese earthquake victims are immense. The State of Illinois, through the Governor's office and the Japanese Consulate of Chicago, is providing creative solutions to help address some of the critical needs of the Japanese people," says Colin Hara, President of Masuda Funai. "As a long-standing corporate citizen of the State of Illinois serving the legal needs of many Japanese businesses operating here, Masuda Funai is proud to have participated in developing a longer-term solution to Japan's crisis."

Masuda Funai has also been involved in additional Japan relief fundraising efforts, including working with the Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Chicago through its charitable arm, the JCCC Foundation, to establish the Tohoku Kanto Earthquake Relief Fund, which has raised more than $1,000,000.

Additional information can be found at the State of Illinois website: