A lot of my friends outside Tokyo have offered to mail things to help the situation here.
I appreciate the kind thoughts, but I think it's better if you don't send us care packages. The reason why the shelves are empty in the first place is because of distribution issues. Government and organizations are trying to send relief supplies north to the hardest hit areas, and with the lack of trains and basic utilities, it's already very difficult for them. We ARE getting food in Tokyo, just not in huge quantity and variety.
It would be unfair of us to burden an already-overstrained system with little packages that would require extra work to sort and deliver. It's frustrating to feel useless, but the best things that we in Tokyo can do right now is just to be patient, to not demand more than our share of the limited resources, and to stay out of the way of the people who are working hard to bring relief and restore things.
For those of you outside Japan, the best thing that you can do is to make a donation to one of the relief organizations. It may not feel as useful as assembling and sending a package, but it is really helpful! Also, please use the internet to watch over your friends as much as possible, instead of straining the telephone lines with phone calls. And don't assume the worst when something happens, or worry too much if we don't reply right away. The phone and e-mail systems are fragile and go down easily, but that doesn't mean we're in danger. It just means the phones are temporarily down again. :)