Sony opens 'Message to Japan' website


Sony Corp of America is inviting people around the world to share messages of encouragement and support with the citizens of Japan – particularly those in the hard-hit Tohoku region – as they undergo long-term rebuilding following the devastating earthquakes and tsunami last March.

Messages can be submitted and browsed through a special "Message to Japan" website at The site is designed to capture inspirational messages from the global community and deliver them to those who need them most.

Messages submitted to the site will be streamed and displayed for people in affected areas through

Message submission is simple: just visit the site, type your message of support, enter your first name, select your country of origin, and click "submit." All languages will be accepted, though English and Japanese are preferred to ensure that they can be read by the maximum number of people in Japan. The site also allows consumers to share their messages with family and friends via Twitter, Facebook and e-mail to encourage them to submit messages, too.

Messages submitted to the site will be prominently displayed at a series of public viewings of the final match of the FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2011 on Sunday, December 18, in the areas affected by the disasters.

The viewings will take place in the cities of Rikuzentakata, Tagajo, and Aizu-Wakamatsu in the prefectures of Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima, respectively, and will allow visitors to watch all the action live on a gigantic, more than 250-inch screen. Sony is inviting members of local youth soccer teams, residents of temporary housing who lost their homes in the earthquakes and tsunamis, and other people in the affected areas to the event.

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About 9 months too late

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Agreed - in terms of common sense.

But it coinicides with a perfect marketing opportunity for a major Japanese electronics company having lost the ability to make anything innovative as of late (last 5-6 years) to actually get some publicity.

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agree with @Spongebob. how much money will SONY they get out of this? will they donate it (or at least some of it) to the disaster-homeless people? that would be laudable.

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Nine months too late and hate to say it, the world doesn't care anymore. There are plenty of other issues now that people are focusing on.

I have a few messages - get some decent politicians, treat your immigrants better, deal with your aging population...

Though I doubt those are the messages they are looking for.

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a little too late.

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We will hear about the closing of this site in a month or so...and it will be bigger news.

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Shows you how slow Sony is to react to outside events.

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Yeah, a bit too late and too obviously a marketing ploy.

Hey Sony, you know someone already did you much better:

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Yeah share your email and ip address with Sony!! Haha sure...

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this site was opened right after the quake , and it was closed , now they just brought it back up again with the title of " at these holiday times , let's think of those who suffer" . I think it isn't SONY that's slow to act , but JT that's slow to catch information

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Hmmmm.....Just in time for the Christmas shopping season to think about others in need.

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Irregardless of Sony's reasoning behind this, or the lateness of this there are still people suffering. Yes most of the world has a short attention span, but I have not forgot, and though I'm not in a financial position to do much good, if my saying "Hang in there, someone from Tennessee is hoping a brighter future for you" can make even one person feel like hanging on a little longer then it will have served a good purpose.

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@Vernie Jefferies

That's exactly why SONY relaunched it :)

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Sony confirmed for epic slowpoke.

Also, I don't trust them.

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While I am not sure about Sony's sincerity ( it does seem fishy and a marketing ploy) I hope much good comes out of it and those who were affected do get a warm message. Sometimes, for a person feeling down, a smile or even a few simple words like "do your best" really comes across and gives someone hope. Things don't necessarily have to amount to money to create a lasting impact. On the other hand, if Sony really wants to make a difference, they ought to fix the consumer electronics sector which is bleeding so much money. Generate some profit and provide more for your employees and those who are still homeless from the disasters.

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How much negativity. Just leave an encouraging message to Japan!

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