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Posted on 03/20/2011 12:28:54 PM PDT by goodnesswins

Post news of Recovery and Relief in Japan....and ways to help.....HERE

Here is previous thread....

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2691038/posts?page=20#20


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Extended News; Japan; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aid; earthquake; japan; recovery; relief; sendai2011; tsunami
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1 posted on 03/20/2011 12:29:03 PM PDT by goodnesswins
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To: La Enchiladita; Brad's Gramma

maybe ping your lists??? Here is hoping more aid is getting in now.


2 posted on 03/20/2011 12:29:56 PM PDT by goodnesswins (Unlike the West, the Islamic world is serious.)
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To: goodnesswins

Notice how life goes on in Japan. You aren’t seeing the 24/7 calls for help, food drives, blanket drives, etc. as we had with, oh as an example, Katrina..

That is because the Japanese largely do not believe in helping others in any sense of the picture that we would recognize here.

Stunningly, Japanese seem willing to let other Japanese suffer and continue their own lives unaffected by guilt.

It has always struck me as odd.


3 posted on 03/20/2011 12:34:01 PM PDT by macquire
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To: goodnesswins

My church is collecting money for Japan.


4 posted on 03/20/2011 12:42:05 PM PDT by kitkat ( I sure HOPE that it's time for a CHANGE from Obama.)
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To: macquire

Maybe they just don’t plaster it 24/7 all over....I doubt we know much about what is going on...they don’t see themselves as VICTIMS of the “man”....like so many here...have you lived in Japan?


5 posted on 03/20/2011 12:45:05 PM PDT by goodnesswins (Unlike the West, the Islamic world is serious.)
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To: macquire

This is not what I am seeing or hearing. Perhaps we are looking at different things or you are seeing things thru stereotypes, not reality.


6 posted on 03/20/2011 1:24:51 PM PDT by the Real fifi
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To: macquire

You have no idea what you’re talking about. There are not 24/7 calls for help, food drives, blanket drives, etc., because the Japanese are already doing that, and WERE doing it, without any fanfare as soon as the dust began settling.

If you go to any kuyakusho or kaikan in any major city you will see sign directing people to the rooms where they can drop off their donated items. Those rooms are generally full floor to ceiling with overflow outside.

Right now, the refugees in the affected areas are starting to request other items because they have all the blankets they need. They are requesting things like disposable razors, toothbrushes, underwear and socks, because they have been wearing the same clothes since the event.

And as a 25 year resident of Japan, I can assure you I know damn well what I am talking about.


7 posted on 03/20/2011 3:01:10 PM PDT by Ronin (Proudly posting from Tokyo for neigh on 13 years!)
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To: Ronin

“And as a 25 year resident of Japan, I can assure you I know damn well what I am talking about.”

The Japanese have always been very willing to turn away from those that need help amongst them. It is their culture.


8 posted on 03/20/2011 3:08:36 PM PDT by macquire
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To: Ronin

Glad to see you are OK.
Tet.


9 posted on 03/20/2011 3:14:19 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: macquire

And you base that statement on what?

How many years have you spent in Japan? How many Japanese friends do you have? How much Japanese do you speak? Do you really know a thing about Japanese culture?

You talk about Japanese turning away those who need help amongst them, but I have NEVER seen that. There are a large number of social programs in place for both the elderly and the poor, and these program work. Most are community based, but the national government has a large number of programs as well.

The fact that there are people out there who need help, especially among men in their 50s and 60s who have found themselves homeless because of the economic downturn ignores one crucial fact. These men are too proud to beg for help from their friends, family or government.

Talk to any Christian group that has tried to administer to the “Japanese poor” and you’ll get the same story. They may take things that are offered, but they are too proud to beg so you pretty much have to chase them down, tackle them, and stuff it in their hands. Even then, they would much prefer to work for what they receive.


10 posted on 03/20/2011 3:21:47 PM PDT by Ronin (Proudly posting from Tokyo for neigh on 13 years!)
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To: tet68

Thanks Tet! Interesting times...


11 posted on 03/20/2011 3:23:24 PM PDT by Ronin (Proudly posting from Tokyo for neigh on 13 years!)
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To: Ronin

Is it ever!

I miss Japan, was stationed at Iwakuni back in 67.
At the time I was young and stupid and didn’t
appreciate the opportunity I had.


12 posted on 03/20/2011 3:52:22 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: goodnesswins
The Japanese Salvation Army has posted pictures of their relief efforts here.

My two favorites:


13 posted on 03/20/2011 4:19:02 PM PDT by snowsislander
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To: Ronin

Thanks, Ronin...


14 posted on 03/20/2011 4:34:42 PM PDT by goodnesswins (Unlike the West, the Islamic world is serious.)
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To: snowsislander

Thanks....that gives more indication of what is going on..


15 posted on 03/20/2011 4:35:20 PM PDT by goodnesswins (Unlike the West, the Islamic world is serious.)
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To: goodnesswins

Ronald Reagan Crew Donates Personal Items to Japanese

http://www.cpf.navy.mil/media/news/articles/2011/mar/mar20_Reagan_Donation.shtml


16 posted on 03/20/2011 4:40:05 PM PDT by LadyBuzz
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To: Ronin

There are a lot of Marines in Arlington that beg to differ with your descriptions of the Japanese culture and nothing has changed since 12/7/1941...


17 posted on 03/20/2011 4:51:19 PM PDT by macquire
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To: goodnesswins
The Nikkei has an incredible collection of photographs here.

There's a new article at the Asahi Shimbun: Temporary housing construction begins in quake-stricken areas

From the Nikkei: Tax Relief On The Table For Disaster Areas

And here's one from the Yomiuri; make sure to read both the first section and the second section which is titled "Japan Post offers rooms at inns": Prefab homes being built for evacuees. (The latter is something that I have been expecting to read about: large Japanese organization usually have all kinds of housing, from worker housing to resort properties for their employees, and I am glad to see that some of those numerous properties will be used in the relief efforts.)

18 posted on 03/20/2011 4:53:21 PM PDT by snowsislander
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To: snowsislander

Thanks so much....I’m going to post that on my Facebook, too...


19 posted on 03/20/2011 5:28:43 PM PDT by goodnesswins (Unlike the West, the Islamic world is serious.)
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To: La Enchiladita; Brad's Gramma

Look at These! posted by snowislander


20 posted on 03/20/2011 5:30:53 PM PDT by goodnesswins (Unlike the West, the Islamic world is serious.)
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To: macquire

Do you hold grudges from the Civil War, too? I think your time in this thread is over.


21 posted on 03/20/2011 5:40:59 PM PDT by goodnesswins (Unlike the West, the Islamic world is serious.)
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To: Ronin; All

Do you know which charities get help to Japan the fastest?

With Haiti, it seems many charities sat on much of the money for a long time.


22 posted on 03/20/2011 6:52:04 PM PDT by Sun (Pray that God sends us good leaders. Please say a prayer now.)
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To: Ronin
Thanks for your input there. I agree 10,000%<< 絶対賛成。。!< 頑張れ日本。。! ^_^
23 posted on 03/20/2011 7:49:59 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: goodnesswins

EXCUSE ME??!!! GRUDGES?

The Japanese enslaved China, raped Nankin, attacked us at Pearl Harbor, practiced unspeakable experiments on prisoners of war, murdered civilians, and you want to hold me accountable for ...... grudges?

I could really care LESS about a Tsunami in Japan nor about their leaking reactors. Their government ALWAYS has and always will understates EVERYTHING nasty they do...


24 posted on 03/20/2011 8:40:19 PM PDT by macquire
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To: Ronin
Thanks for your input there. I agree 10,000%<< 絶対賛成。。!< 頑張れ日本。。! ^_^
25 posted on 03/20/2011 8:56:24 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: the Real fifi; La Enchiladita; Brad's Gramma; All

Relief efforts at US military bases...http://www.npr.org/2011/03/20/134699706/japan-relief-efforts-centered-at-u-s-military-bases


26 posted on 03/20/2011 9:28:09 PM PDT by goodnesswins (Unlike the West, the Islamic world is serious.)
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To: gaijin
It's going to be a long rough haul, but working together, we'll get it all done. 本全国の皆さん 協力して安全に頑張りましょう!
27 posted on 03/20/2011 11:59:28 PM PDT by Ronin (Proudly posting from Tokyo for neigh on 13 years!)
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To: goodnesswins
From the Nikkei: Policeman Amazed To Find Survivors 9 Days After Quake In Miyagi
28 posted on 03/21/2011 4:31:01 AM PDT by snowsislander
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From the Yomiuri: The last token of a husband's love
29 posted on 03/21/2011 4:41:41 AM PDT by snowsislander
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To: macquire
You aren’t seeing the 24/7 calls for help, food drives, blanket drives, etc. as we had with, oh as an example, Katrina..

I don't believe that is true. I have been watching NHK World for several hours a day. In one segment this morning, it was said one shelter now had enough of the blankets and toilet paper they had asked for, but now still need children's clothing and underwear. There is also a Japan Red Cross Society that is collecting and distributing what is needed. So, I don't know where you get the impression that Japanese are not helping each other...

30 posted on 03/21/2011 12:24:09 PM PDT by La Enchiladita (Remember, Reflect, Renew: 2011, 10 years since 9/11. Never Forget.)
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To: Ronin
And as a 25 year resident of Japan, I can assure you I know damn well what I am talking about.

Good to see you and to hear from you!! Our media in the U.S. has blacked out any news about aid, rescue, recovery and all the struggles the Japanese people are now going through. It is shameful and , to me, that is where the real coldness is; as though people here do not or should not care about the humanitarian crisis.

31 posted on 03/21/2011 12:27:41 PM PDT by La Enchiladita (Remember, Reflect, Renew: 2011, 10 years since 9/11. Never Forget.)
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To: LadyBuzz
According to Master Chief Fire Controlman John Schwanke, more than 100 blankets, 237 pants, 450 shirts, 311 jackets and sweaters, 748 pairs of socks, 154 towels, 57 pairs of shoes, 166 undergarments, 76 hats, 8 scarves, and 34 pairs of gloves were donated in the first few hours. A volunteer led collection point was set up in the hangar bay of Ronald Reagan where Sailors and Marines dropped off personal items they had aboard with them or had purchased from the ship’s store. “Not all of us have the opportunity to go ashore,” said Air-Traffic Controller 3rd Class Wendy Stephens, a Ronald Reagan Sailor who volunteered her time to help collect donated items. “It feels good to be able to help out the people of Japan.”

Awesome! I am so proud and happy to hear this!

32 posted on 03/21/2011 12:30:29 PM PDT by La Enchiladita (Remember, Reflect, Renew: 2011, 10 years since 9/11. Never Forget.)
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To: goodnesswins; All

As of the latest report I saw on NHK World, my main source for news from Japan, these are the tolls:

8,649 dead
13,261 missing

We know by now these will be higher, as the numbers are based on known information, not estimates.

One story I saw was of how the school children of Kamaishi City were able to escape to safety a few minutes ahead of the tsunami, because of careful planning and quick thinking. They had an emergency drill only 8 days before.

Another lady went to a newly built shelter in her town ahead of the tsunami, to the top floor. Yet, the wave was so big and powerful, it flooded even to the top floor. This lady floated to the top on the wave and then held on to the drapery rod at the ceiling and literally held on for dear life. The next day, she was rescued from the roof by helo. Others in the shelter drowned and were swept away.

So, you see, people did what they were supposed to do and planned to do, yet the catastrophe was bigger than all their precautions.


33 posted on 03/21/2011 12:51:29 PM PDT by La Enchiladita (Remember, Reflect, Renew: 2011, 10 years since 9/11. Never Forget.)
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To: snowsislander; Ronin; goodnesswins

I know of some Japanese churches from the Toyko area that made more than 1000 of those “rice balls” and delivered them up north, along with water and other food, in trucks the church members had rented themselves. I believe they’ve done at least two such supply runs since 3/17; haven’t read an update today.


34 posted on 03/21/2011 12:54:03 PM PDT by JoyjoyfromNJ (everything written by me on FR is my personal opinion & does not represent my employer)
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To: JoyjoyfromNJ

Every group is pitching in, even the various yakuza, they are just not making that big of a fuss about it.

The problem is not a lack of aid, there’s transportation bottlenecks. There are only so many undamaged roads and helicopters available. Once more are open, more aid will get through, more volunteers will be accepted, and the cleanup will commence in earnest.


35 posted on 03/21/2011 1:01:32 PM PDT by Ronin (Proudly posting from Tokyo for neigh on 13 years!)
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To: snowsislander; TigerLikesRooster; DTogo; SE Mom; jazusamo; Sprite518; SeekAndFind; rlmorel; ...
Ongoing thread ping for aid, rescue and recovery in the Japan humanitarian crisis.

Minami-Sanrikucho a ghost town / No bodies, survivors found in tsunami-hit Miyagi Pref. community

36 posted on 03/21/2011 1:26:45 PM PDT by La Enchiladita (Remember, Reflect, Renew: 2011, 10 years since 9/11. Never Forget.)
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To: JoyjoyfromNJ; All
Japan disaster relief now getting through to most survivors

Two vital things have improved for more than 250,000 evacuees still living in makeshift shelters a week after the Japan earthquake: supplies are getting through, and the weather has warmed up for now.

...The resilient character of the Japanese people has been on international display for the past week as this nation struggles to regroup from the 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami that erased communities and gave a blow to the economy. For many evacuees, there is now nowhere to go, and Prime Minister Naoto Kan has warned that "life in the emergency refuge centers will continue for some time yet."


37 posted on 03/21/2011 1:42:55 PM PDT by La Enchiladita (Remember, Reflect, Renew: 2011, 10 years since 9/11. Never Forget.)
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To: La Enchiladita

So glad to hear. I am betting that in 10 years when the write the school history books the Japanese will have made it look like the whole country was involved in helping the victims...you know....like they re-wrote WW2 history so Japanese kids in schools for the last 30 years would not know the GOD AWFUL truth about their country’s past........

Heck, more than just some Japanese adults still believe Japan was the good guy in WW2 since that is what the books they read in school told them......


38 posted on 03/21/2011 3:08:39 PM PDT by macquire
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To: La Enchiladita

So glad to hear. I am betting that in 10 years when they write the school history books the Japanese will have made it look like the whole country was involved in helping the victims...you know....like they re-wrote WW2 history so Japanese kids in schools for the last 30 years would not know the GOD AWFUL truth about their country’s past........

Heck, more than just some Japanese adults still believe Japan was the good guy in WW2 since that is what the books they read in school told them......


39 posted on 03/21/2011 3:11:41 PM PDT by macquire
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To: La Enchiladita
I think that much of the exigent housing problems will be solved through such expedients as opening up public housing, and the massive housing available from organizations such as Japan Post (in Japan, large companies generally have both a lot of company housing and even resort properties for their employees.) From the Yomiuri:

Japan Post offers rooms at inns

Japan Post Group has announced that it will offer inns and hotels operated by Japan Post Holding Co. as temporary houses for up to 22,000 people affected by the latest quake.

Japan Post will welcome displaced earthquake survivors to its inns and hotels in parts of the nation not hit seriously by the quake.

Specifically, 27 Kampo no Yado inns and hotels in Tokyo and 18 prefectures will be made available for about 4,700 people to live in, while 1,559 houses owned by Japan Post Network Co. and located at 30 places in Tokyo and 16 prefectures will also be opened to evacuees.

Regarding company-owned employee housing, which Japan Post had earlier intended to put out of use by the end of this month, there are plans to make available 2,872 houses at 66 locations in Tokyo and 16 prefectures, after they are repaired.

There are several reports in the Japanese press with long lists of municipalities donating public housing to those who have lost theirs.

40 posted on 03/21/2011 3:38:58 PM PDT by snowsislander
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To: goodnesswins
From the Mainichi: Nissan to restart more auto, parts plants in Japan
41 posted on 03/21/2011 5:28:02 PM PDT by snowsislander
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To: macquire

>> The Japanese have always been very willing to turn away from those that need help amongst them. It is their culture.

Whether or not that is true, we are not Japan.


42 posted on 03/21/2011 8:51:47 PM PDT by Gene Eric (*** Jesus ***)
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To: snowsislander; goodnesswins
I don't think it's necessary to re-start the thread every day? We are losing the articles we have already posted this past week.

I learned about this organization through television this morning: U.S.-Japan Council

The U.S. Japan Council Earthquake Relief Fund

43 posted on 03/22/2011 1:52:47 PM PDT by La Enchiladita (Remember, Reflect, Renew: 2011, 10 years since 9/11. Never Forget.)
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To: snowsislander

This is excellent. I am a fan of pre-fab housing, when it is done well.

There will still be a period of painful adjustment for people as they realize, even though new housing is available to them, they will never recover what they had. It is really hard to start over fresh on top of such tragedy.


44 posted on 03/22/2011 2:03:07 PM PDT by La Enchiladita (Remember, Reflect, Renew: 2011, 10 years since 9/11. Never Forget.)
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To: La Enchiladita

Will keep this thread and NOT start a new one....thanks...I misunderstood.


45 posted on 03/22/2011 2:42:29 PM PDT by goodnesswins (Unlike the West, the Islamic world is serious.)
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To: La Enchiladita

Will keep this thread and NOT start a new one....thanks...I misunderstood.


46 posted on 03/22/2011 2:42:34 PM PDT by goodnesswins (Unlike the West, the Islamic world is serious.)
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To: goodnesswins
From the Nikkei: Lights Back In Reactor No. 3 Control Room At Stricken Plant
47 posted on 03/22/2011 2:57:08 PM PDT by snowsislander
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To: goodnesswins
Three from the Yomiuri:

Oil industry in full gear / Initial fuel pinch easing in Kanto, parts of Tohoku

Guideline eyed on tsunami-wrecked cars

'Tiger Mask' donates gas, oil for evacuees

48 posted on 03/22/2011 3:05:13 PM PDT by snowsislander
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To: goodnesswins; Ronin; AmericanInTokyo; gaijin; All
Disturbing thought follows. I have felt frustrated wondering why people in shelters still do not have heat or hot food...

Is Japan's Bureaucracy Strangling Humanitarian Aid?

Hey, I know it's from TIME mag and circumstances are overwhelming, but I think she has a point...

49 posted on 03/22/2011 3:06:08 PM PDT by La Enchiladita (Remember, Reflect, Renew: 2011, 10 years since 9/11. Never Forget.)
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To: La Enchiladita

I don’t have time to read the whole thing right now, but I am in contact with a lot of people and everything I hear says the bottleneck is not bureaucracy, it’s transportation. The pipelines are just not that wide right now.

There are only so many undamaged roads and railways so the ones that are usable are being strictly controlled. They have to be. A major traffic jam at this point could take days to unsnarl and there has been so many major aftershocks in the last few days that nobody is even counting them anymore.

So, while it’s heartening that so many people want to rush to the scene and help, I think that criticism of the government efforts are, at best, misplaced.

Could thing be better? Obviously. Nothing made by human hands or formulated by human brains is ever perfect. But this kind of Monday morning quarterbacking isn’t that helpful.


50 posted on 03/22/2011 4:32:35 PM PDT by Ronin (Proudly posting from Tokyo for neigh on 13 years!)
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