Issue: November 2004,
The post office will send emergency relief packages to Niigata for free (until November 24) if you send them to the Nagaoka City Hall at:
940-8501 Niigata-ken, Nagaoka-shi, Sawai-machi, 2-Chome 1-1,
Saigai Taisaku Honbu
(Ed. note: actually there are about 15 locations you can send to, e.g., the Red Cross location in Niigata. See this post office homepage (Japanese only) for other addresses:
How and What to send
Relief Items (clothing, blankets)
Daily amenities (diapers, alcohol spray, towels, saran wrap, tampons)
Newspapers, magazines etc.
Items other than cash and which do not require special handling (no cool items or fragile items)
Cash can be sent to other locations-- again, see this HP for details:
Must be packed in a "small package (KOTSUTSU YUUBIN BUTSU)" sized box
Again, no special handling (no cool storage, etc.)
Please pack only new items and one type of item in each box (e.g., a box of drinking water, OR a box of food, OR a box of daily amenities-- do not mix them together)
Refrain from sending the following
Used underwear or used blankets (even laundered)
Fresh or perishable foods (no onigiri, etc.)
Please mark as KYUUENJO YOU ("For Emergency Relief")
Please label contents CLEARLY on outside of package
Sender may not request specific distribution of goods (as in sending to a specific person, village or group.)
Items may not be sent to gain profit.
Packages to individuals are not eligible for this service.
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