Japan

1 Why did Americans donate $730 million to wealthy Japan?

Japanese residents offer a prayer for the victims in an evacuation zone near the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plants.AP Three years ago today, a massive earthquake off the coast of Japan spawned a tsunami that devastated communities, killed nearly 16,000 people (with some 2,600 still missing) and damaged nuclear power…

1 Two views on disaster relief in Japan

More than a month after the disastrous earthquake and tsunami that struck northeast Japan, experts are still analyzing the cataclysmic event and coming to startling conclusions — such as the recent announcement the tsunami was more than 120 feet high in at least one location. Another surprising observation made early…

2 Update: Does Japan need/want international relief assistance now?

Odd as it may seem, that’s a big question right now within the aid and development community. By a simple measure of the number of news stories and organizational appeals out there, clearly the answer is: Yes, people should donate to disaster relief in Japan. Perhaps the most blunt argument…

4 Why you should donate, but maybe not to Japan

People want to help. Well, okay, not everyone wants to help. Some people are jerks. Despite my skeptical (which some misinterpret as cynical) view of human nature acquired after working a quarter century as a journalist, I find that most people actually do want to assist when they see someone…

22 Guest post: The ugly game of relief for Japan

Flickr, jchong Note: This is a post written by an aid worker I know who, for reasons of employment, doesn’t wish to be identified. ————————————————————— Over the last day, my email inbox has filled with appeals for aid to Japan. I’ve heard from International Medical Corps, the World Food Programme,…

1 World responds to Japan in crisis

The true nature of the devastation in Japan continues to emerge and the world community is responding, even if it may not be clear what most of the rest of the world can really do to help. As The Guardian notes, it now appears that the death toll from this…