It’s been almost a week since the earthquake and tsunami crisis happened in Japan, and even now they are facing a nuclear crisis in the midst of rescue operations.
And while the whole world has begun sending aid and donations, sadly the responses have been rather poor compared the Haiti and Katrina disaster. Over $150 million was raised for Haiti and $108 million for hurricane Katrina. However, the numbers for Japan so far has been pretty low – $25 million after almost a week.
This is probably because Japan is a developed country with a healthy GDP and so the general public feels less need to donate. If we compare Haiti to a homeless man, and Japan to a rather well off person, when both of them gets run over by a car, chances are the public will be quick to chip in to help the poor man and not really taking notice of the other similar victim. We have to keep in mind that a disaster is still a disaster, regardless of where it happened and who the victims were.
Please do help out!
Especially if you’re an anime or manga fan. These are products of Japan, and if you feel that you’ve enjoyed what they have given us, then it’s time to give back no matter how little.