The Tap Tokyo campaign, backed by UNICEF, is running at more than 200 cafes and restaurants in Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama and Chiba prefectures from today to Sunday. The UNICEF-backed Tap Project, which marks World Water Day this Sunday, raised $100,000 when it was launched in New York in 2007. Japan Times reports that the organizers of the Tokyo campaign are aiming to collect ¥10 million to match New York’s efforts in the inaugural year.
Folks in Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama and Chiba prefectures, as you go out to eat your sushi, gyoza, okonomiyaki, tempura, tonkatsu, shabu-shabu, sukiyaki, udon, sashimi, onigiri etc. at a restaurant, make sure that you give ¥100 or more in return for complementary water or tea. According to the spokeswoman for the Japan Committee for UNICEF, a mere ¥100 can provide clean and safe water for a child for 40 days.