In contrast to initial rescue and relief operations for the Kobe earthquake, when the Liberal Democratic Party-dominated coalition government was paralyzed, Kan immediately mobilized , troops and accepted international offers of assistance. Tsunami disaster relief has been reasonably fast and effective under difficult circumstances, and evacuees received basic needs. Opposition politicians churlishly criticized the government for not meeting its target of building 30, temporary houses for evacuees by June, but it managed to build 27, units, an impressive performance in 10 weeks given shortages of building materials, difficulty in finding suitable sites and damage to transport networks.
For comparison, in Tamil Nadu in India, nearly seven years after the devastating tsunami, the government has only managed to build a total of 7, units.
I think when people refer to the structural crisis they mean prolonged economic stagnation stemming from low productivity growth, overregulation, institutional rigidities, stifling of innovation, propping up highly indebted zombie companies that cut prices just to service debts, harming competitors and fuelling deflation, etc. Japan is a high-cost economy with low returns on investments. Will things be different this time? Civil society, however, is flowering during this crisis and playing a critical role in relief and recovery.
I think that the institutionalization of volunteer efforts in Tohoku has made them far more effective than in Kobe, and more sustainable. So this is a new Japan, where NPOs have a seat at the table and are shaping the response. In a sense, Tohoku has seen the mainstreaming of civil society, and that is a critical development.
We are also seeing a good response from corporate Japan in terms of relief goods, logistics, manpower.
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So one big change is national energy strategy: There is zero chance that Japan will increase nuclear energy capacity to 50 percent of the total, as currently planned, by And with renewables at 1 percent, one can expect significant increases in coming decades. While Facebook users in Japan reportedly account for just percent of the population, 20 percent of Japanese are said to use Twitter, and 14 percent of all tweets are in Japanese—second only to English, which accounts for 50 percent of the global total. SNS have played a crucial role in relief and recovery operations, not only for civil society organizations.
Google ran a people locater that proved very effective in reuniting relatives and friends. SNS were crucial in assessing needs and conveying information quickly in order to ensure effective distribution and also useful in mobilizing volunteers and maximizing their impact.
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So yes, SNS enhanced the effectiveness and impact of NPOs in ways that boosted their credibility while also enabling them to raise donations. For more information and how to purchase the e-book, please click here. Mark Austin: How did the Tsunami project get off the ground? What was your personal experience of the March 11 earthquake? The present situation in Kashmir cannot continue.
By Luke Hunt While progress continues to be touted, challenges remain to be addressed. And please know that Fukushima is doing its best.
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This was written by Yuki Watanabe whose hometown Tamura is right on the outer edge of the evacuation zone. I used to live in Fukushima and have taught at Tamura high school. I find it so hard to believe that this beautiful prefecture, my former home, has now become famous for all the wrong reasons. It breaks my heart to think that on top of the tragedy of the disaster the people of Fukushima have a nuclear nightmare to deal with too.
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Night has always turned to day and rain has never failed to cease. Conditions have greatly improved during this week, and will get even better next week.
This is a manifestation of the fighting spirit of someone born in the first decade of the Showa period. We need to stay strong. Another account from South Korea of former victims of Japanese imperialism, offering messages of sincere and heartfelt comfort and consolation had me in tears. Sometimes tragedies really do bring out the best in people.
Please invest in a copy. It is both a record of a terrible tragedy and a means to a very important end. I was also pleasantly surprised to find a couple of people I know personally in there: my old friend Ted Taylor for example and a newer acquaintance, Wesley Cheek.
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What unites the various contributors is love for Japan and a simple desire to help. And like I said, every penny or cent you pay for the book goes towards the Japanese Red Cross and will help those people in Tohoku who have suffered so much. How could you say no? Your email address will not be published.
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