I’m getting incredibly annoyed with people on Twitter and FaceBook at the moment. Far too many people for my liking are saying we shouldn’t help Japan, and asking what they have ever done for us. I don’t know how to put this more eloquently – you are complete fuckwits.
Its the 5th most severe earthquake to ever be recorded, and the worst suffered by Japan. Aproximately 10,000 people have been killed in the Miyagi Prefecture alone. The triple disaster has left over 275,000 homeless, and the radiation leaks could threaten even more.
First of all (I can’t believe I’m going to have to justify sending aid to one of the most serious disasters on record, but never mind) Japanese business provides billions of pounds worth of trade with Britain each year, and provides thousands of jobs. Japanese owned businesses include Honda, Nissan, Toyota, Toshiba, Sony, Mitsubishi, Yahmaha, and Nomora to name but a few. They’re also a key ally for Britain and the US diplomatically.
What’s really pissed me off has been people, mainly Americans, saying that Japan didn’t help in Hurricane Katrina and the earthquake has been “karma” for the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The Japanese actually donated money and provided relief equipment such as tents to the US after Katrina, as well as after 9/11.
And “karma” for Pearl Harbour? What a joke. The Americans who believe that seem to have forgotten the their own history, with the nuclear attacks on both Hiroshima and Nagasaki being the retaliation for Pearl Harbor.
I’m just glad that these people are in the minority, and not in any sort of power. I’m very pleased that the US, UK and Chinese governments have provided financial aid as well as rescue teams to help in Japan.
If you would like to donate to the rescue effort, don’t forget you can donate $1 to the Red Cross by texting REDCROSS to 90999.
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