One month has now passed since the terrible earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Since then countless people around the globe have expressed support online for people there. unfortunately, as much of this isn’t in Japanese, it isn’t readable by many in Japan.
To address this Google has announced the launch of a new website – Messages for Japan – whose purpose is to allow people to leave a short message and have it automatically translated into Japanese. The result is then placed alongside other messages in a couple of visualizations: a cherry blossom-like bubble view and a Google Map mash-up. The map is unusual in that it gradually fills up with markers dropping from above, each one representing an individual message.
If you wish, you can donate to one of six charities via the site. Google points out that its Japan Crisis Response page has raised over five million dollars so far .