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Relief for Japan

A week after the 9.o-earthquake that left northeastern Honshu in Japan completely devastated, the world is riveted at the aggravating nuclear crisis. Rate of relief donation is slower than Haiti, owing to the deception that Japan is prosperous enough to rebuild. Japan actually relies on imported food and supplies. If where you live doesn’t have a relief campaign, go to Charity Navigator to find a charity or donate directly to Red Cross Japan.

“The current situation of the earthquake, tsunami and the nuclear plants is in a way the most severe crisis in the 65 years since World War II.” — Naoto Kan, Prime Minister of Japan, after country sustained its largest earthquake on record; the death toll is expected to exceed 10,000.

“In our history, this small island nation has made miraculous economic growth thanks to the efforts of all Japanese citizens. That is how Japan was built.” — Yukio Edano, Chief Cabinet Secretary of Japan

“In those first years the roads were peopled with refugees shrouded up in their clothing. Wearing masks and goggles, sitting in their rags by the side of the road like ruined aviators. Their barrows heaped with shoddy. Towing wagons or carts. Their eyes bright in their skulls. Creedless shells of men tottering down the causeways like migrants in a feverland. The frailty of everything revealed at last. Old and troubling issues resolved into nothingness and night. The last instance of a thing takes the class with it. Turns out the light and is gone. Look around you. Ever is a long time. But the boy knew what he knew. That ever is no time at all.” — The Road, Cormac McCarthy

One Response

  1. Matt, thank you so bringing this issue to the forefront. I have several friends who are in Japan and they are hopeful that the world will not forget them. They are the lucky ones because they are alive and well but there are so many others that are not. The quote from The Road is beautifully fitting.

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