Foreign and domestic donations pour in for Japan’s earthquake and tsunami victims.
A widespread domestic donation drive is shaping up in the Asian nation still reeling from the March 11 earthquake that triggered a massive tsunami.
“The terrible Tohoku disaster has galvanised the nation to launch a nation- wide charity movement,” Kyoichi Kobayashi, a social critic and author, told IPS. “The drive is an entirely new experience for the people who have gotten used to an affluent lifestyle that marks Japan’s post-war economic might.”
Foreign donations have also been coming in for Japan in the aftermath of the disasters. Some 117 countries offered more than $33 million through the Japanese Red Cross, according to estimates.
In a message on Monday (April 11), Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan said: Japan will “recover from their own efforts and with the help of the global community … [Japan will] come back even stronger… to repay you.”
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