Real estate groups organize Japan relief efforts

Dead and missing exceed 20,000

In the wake of a devastating 9.0 magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami in Japan, some real estate groups are organizing relief efforts for the country’s short- and long-term needs.

Allen Okamoto, broker-owner of real estate and insurance agency T. Okamoto & Co. in San Francisco and founding chair of the Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA) has set up a relief fund through the association to assist people in the country’s Tohuku region rebuild their homes.