By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Dylan McCord (Public domain), via Wikimedia Commons

Japan Earthquake 2011 update (+4 days)

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Dylan McCord (Public domain), via Wikimedia Commons

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Dylan McCord (Public domain), via Wikimedia Commons

Death toll: 3,676

I’m working on getting first hand accounts from friends who live in Japan.

I don’t want to duplicate the work of mainstream media, but want to highlight and bring awareness to some of the lesser known parts of this earthquake crisis.

Essentially the people stories: their suffering, generous donors, stories of hope.

If there is anything you would like to know, post it in the comments and I will try to find out!

It is nice to see help from every possible source right now to Japan.

An article in the Vancouver Sun illustrates why a rich country such as Japan still requires our help.

If one city had been destroyed. Japan could very well help itself. But when destruction is widespread to the point they are short of crematoriums and body bags, surely the rest of the world could find it in their hearts to provide some aid.

Some Japanese companies definitely are taking it upon themselves to provide their own countrymen with support. One such company is Capcom, developer of the immensely popular Street Fighter series. Their twitter post states

Until 3/22 proceeds from Street Fighter 4 iPhone will go to Red Cross Disaster Relief efforts in Japan. Price $0.99

From those with a personal connection with Japan came a personal cheque in the amount of USD$782,000. This amount came from the Low family of Indonesia who have fond memories of the Tohoku region of Japan. That region was affected by the tsunami.

Unfortunately, bureaucracy affected other who would be willing to give aid to Japan. While the Scotland-based International Rescue Corps was willing to send its volunteers to help the Japanese, with the blessings of both the British and Japanese governments, the British embassy in Japanese did not want to take responsibility for the group.

“This was the 32nd world disaster we have been to and we’ve only had problems twice before with host governments in China and Afghanistan.

“We have never encountered the position where the British embassy, our own country, came up with a show-stopper.”

The Japanese nuclear situation though, has overshadowed the plight of the tsunami victims. Fukushima Reactor 3′scontainment has been breached to the point where helicopters are no longer able to cool the reactors by dousing it with water.

The New York Times provides us with some insight as to how these reactor are failing.

 

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