Japan is currently accepting relief efforts and supplies from the world, and worldwide charity organizations are funding these efforts. What they haven't asked for, is BLOOD donations. Not monetary ones. I think the blogger of the article posted up here previously didn't do complete research and was slightly misled.
Here are more reliable sources from the news on the situation:
CNN states Japan's call for help: twitter.com/cnnbrk/status/46460215666806
Quote from the article that most likely misled the blogger: "So far, the American Red Cross has not received any requests for blood from its Japanese counterparts, or from the U.S. or Japanese governments."
However, they have asked for monetary donations that contribute to relief efforts.
For further clarification: Japan has officially requested for aid from both the US government and international charity organizations. As mentioned by the Japanese cabinet minister himself. For more info: www.stripes.com/news/u-s-military-direct
So to those who have contributed to Red Cross or were intending to but got deterred, do donate! They need emergency relief and all the funds go to these efforts. However, please note that text donations take up to 90 days to get processed, so it's not the most efficient way of contributing. It'll be better to donate directly by cheque or cash instead.
Want to help, but not sure how to? In a financial pinch yourself, or just afraid of getting scammed?
And if you're looking to make monetary donations but not sure where to, here are some trusted organizations:
Of course, there are several others but these are my preferred ones based on their previous commitments, efficiency and convenience. So if you're able to contribute 5 bucks, kindly visit one of the sites above and do so. Every dollar counts!
Also, in case you didn't read the articles in the links above, please note that the most efficient way of helping is by making monetary contributions. I understand everyone's eagerness to send physical items over or volunteering to go over, but such acts may end up depleting the funds faster than providing efficient aid to Japan. For more info, read Kathy Kristof's review regarding the Haiti disaster: moneywatch.bnet.com/saving-money/blog/de