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Q. Who should join Rebuilding Tohoku.com?
A. People interested in helping provide information about the rebuilding efforts going on in Japan, specifically Northeastern Japan (Tohoku area), or anywhere in the world.

Q. Which ways can I volunteer to help?
A. There are three ways to volunteer:
1. You can volunteer by uploading articles, pictures or videos in Japanese or English
2. You can volunteer to translate articles from Japanese to English
3. You can volunteer to edit or proof read articles translated into English

Q. What kind of information should I upload?
A. The site is focusing various categories:
1) The Tohoku Region category includes sub-categories related to the Tohoku region such as History, Language, Geography and Economics. But we would like to increase the topics to things such as tourism or access. If you have ideas for new topics please make suggestions to suggestions@rebuildingtohoku.com for new sub-categories and start to contribute.
2) The Energy category includes topics related to renewable energy, Feed-In-Tariff Policy, and Nuclear. Renewable energy is one of the main areas of focus for Rebuilding Tohoku and we plan to submit as much information as possible on these subjects.If you have ideas for new topics please make suggestions to suggestions@rebuildingtohoku.com for new sub-categories and start to contribute.
3) The Economics category will focus on topics related economic recovery in the Tohoku region. If you have ideas for new topics please make suggestions to suggestions@rebuildingtohoku.com for new sub-categories and start to contribute.
4) The Mental Health category will focus on issues related to treating the mental health conditions of the victims of the March 11th, 2011 tsunami and earthquake. If you have ideas for new topics please make suggestions to suggestions@rebuildingtohoku.com for new sub-categories and start to contribute.
5) The News category focuses on general news published in Japan about the rebuilding efforts in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima Prefectures.
6) The Project category focuses on various projects dedicated to helping the rebuilding efforts in Tohoku area. These projects are located in both Japan and overseas. If you have projects you would like to introduce to the website please send an email projects@rebuildingtohoku.com

Q. How do I join?
A. It is simple, just follow the following steps:
1. Register with the site by filling out the required information on the register page
2. After submitting your information you will receive a confirmation email
3. Press the link to activate your account and then login

Q. How do I upload an article, picture, or video?
A. Once you activate your account you will be provided a Dashboard. Login to your account and press the Dashboard link on the top of the main page. Once in your Dashboard you will see a list of categories called Add Article, My Article, Add Picture, My Article, Add Video, My Video.
For articles, press the Add Article link and fill in the title of article, origin of article (e.g., Nikkei News), the category and sub-category appropriate for the article (e.g., Energy, Solar), upload a picture (if available), paste the article into the content box and submit. Articles submitted in Japanese will be translate by other volunteers and posted in English. You will receive an email notifying you that your article has been posted.
For pictures, press the Add Picture link and upload your picture with a description. Pictures will be displayed on the main page.
For videos, press the Add Video link and paste the embedded code from your video source. To find the embedded code press the share button on/under the video and press the embedded code button. Copy and paste the embedded code into the embedded code section of the Add Video page and submit.

Q. How do I keep track of my articles, pictures, and videos?
A. Just press the My Articles, My Pictures, or My Videos links to see all of your submissions.

Q. How do I volunteer to translate articles from Japanese to English?
A. When you register your account you select Translation in the Volunteer Activity section and you will be sent articles in Japanese for translation based on how often you choose to volunteer and availability of articles. After translating an article you should resend the article to translations@rebuildingtohoku.com.

Q. How do I volunteer to edit an article?
A. When you register your account you select Edit in the Volunteer Activity section and you will be sent articles in English that need to be edited and proofread for clarity based on how often you choose to volunteer and availability of articles. After editing or proofreading the article you should resend the article to edit@rebuildingtohoku.com