Nikkei to Nippon Tsumani Relief Effort Pledge

When I first thought of this, I thought it was self serving, and it is because I'd like to increase sales of Sword of the Undead, and it's roughly 10% of my royalties, and I donated back in March, but the fact is, money is still needed for the relief effort, and people are still displaced, and it is a good cause.  I will be displaced for a few days because my home will be fumigated to kill the termites - and I think that's an inconvenience.  I can't imagine what it would be like to be displaced for months on end.  And this isn't just for the earthquake bictims of Japan, but  for refugees we see on tv in foreign countries.  I give regularly to the American Red Cross, but also want to do something extra for the tsunami relief in Japan.  I live in Long Beach, CA, a coastal community that is prone to earthquakes and possible tsunamis, and also live 50 miles from a nuclear reactor, so even though Southern California is well prepared, we all know that the Japanese are as well prepared or better than we are, so when that quake and tsunami hit, it was a real wake up call.

I made the right decision, I know when I was watching a telecast of a Japanese amatuer singing contest called "Nodo jiman," and one of the contestants was a man displaced from his home since the quake.

Nikkei to Nippon Tsunami Relief Pledge

Long Beach, CA, August 2011: On March 11, 2011, a massive 9.0 magnitude earthquake followed by a devastating tsunami struck the Tōhoku region of Japan. Over 15,000 have been confirmed dead, and 5,000 are still missing. Approximately 500,000 people were displaced, many of whom continue to live in temporary living quarters.

As relief efforts continue, more money will be needed to fund the relief effort.

As author of the novella, Sword of the Undead, I pledge that for every 1000 new books (paperback and ebook formats) sold between August 1, 2011 and December 31, 2011, I will donate to the American Red Cross and earmark it for tsunami relief efforts in Japan (or should they not be accepting donations for that specific purpose, to be earmarked to the most needed disaster relief at that time), $100. If 100,000 new books are sold, I will double the amount to $20,000 ($100 x 100 x 2 = $20,000).

About Sword of the Undead: In 1872, Jonathan Harker travels to Japan to inform Lord Hidetora Kageura that the castle he had commissioned to be built in Los Angeles, California was completed. Leaving Harker left for dead, Kageura moves to California. Harker’s friend Lucy dies from a mysterious ailment. Dr. Abraham Van Helsing determines Lucy died from a vampire’s bite. Harker returns to California, but now, Harker’s wife Mina, is the vampire’s target. Based on the novel, Dracula, Sword of the Undead re-tells the classic vampire tale, with a vampire lord from Japan, and introduces a new vampire slayer, legendary real life swordsman, Yagyu Jubei.

About Steven Fujita: Steven Fujita is a regular contributor to the multi-media website,, publishing articles on a variety of topics. He also provides DVD reviews on With this novella, Sword of the Undead, Steve Fujita incorporated his interest in history, jidaideki (Japanese period drama), particularly episodic samurai drama, and the supernatural. Born in Los Angeles, Steve Fujita was raised in Torrance, and attended college in Washington, D.C. Mr. Fujita currently lives in Long Beach, California
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