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Monday, August 1, 2011


Below please read and excerpt from a letter sent to me.

Hey Mark,

After talking to my wife about this a little bit more (since she watches much more news than I), she recommends that I stay semi-anonyomous as who knows what the government will be doing in the months to come (right now they are trying to ask people to stop talking out against what is happening in Fukushima and the lack of response to the Tohoku area).

Therefore I would like to change your write up to the following, for the time being…I hope you don't mind but I just want to make sure my job is not in any jeopardy due to government pressure, especially because I have 3 children to the care of.  I am not overly worried, but the government here does strange things sometimes, so better safe than sorry…


Below is the write up from a communication I had yesterday evening.

Today I spoke with an American who will call R who lives in the Tohoku area of Japan with his wife and  children. R is a teacher at university who experienced the earthquake first hand and is helping to organize volunteers who will help translate for me. I asked R how he felt about the entire situation and how the government was handling the recovery. He was left without words. It is evident that his silence simply reflects the true anger and frustration he feels toward the negligence of the National government as he sees families suffer in a somewhat state of disrepair.


  1. I'm curious to know how it's evident that his silence means anger and frustration.

    Yes! It's a tragedy BUT I thought the entire purpose of your mission was to express the strength of the people in Japan.

    An article from the Huffington Post that states that 102 countries offered help including the US and UN. Who are you referring to when you say National Government?

    Aid offers:

    AFGHANISTAN: donated $50,000

    AUSTRALIA: Sent a 72-strong urban search and rescue team, including sniffer dogs, to Miyagi prefecture.
    -- The government has also offered field hospitals and victim identification specialists.

    BRITAIN: Sent fire brigade search and rescue specialists and equipment including heavy lifting and cutting equipment consisting of 64 personnel and two dogs, and said it would send nuclear physicists if requested.

  2. CHINA: A 15-member rescue team arrived in Japan on Sunday, state news agency Xinhua said, bringing four tones of equipment for search and rescue operations, including its own power supply and telecommunications.

    -- The government has donated 30 million yuan ($4.56 million)

    -- Health Minister Chen Zu said China is ready to send whatever medical aid is needed at a moment's notice.

    -- China's Red Cross Society has donated another 5 million yuan ($761,200) in emergency aid to its Japanese counterpart
    FRANCE: France has sent a search and rescue team consisting of 134 personnel.

    GERMANY: Germany has sent a search and rescue team consisting of 41 personnel and three dogs.

    HUNGARY: Hungary's emergency authority said it had offered a 16-member crew as part of the International Response Assistance Network (RANET) program to check radiation and do medical advisory work in seven monitoring teams.

  3. INDIA: Is ready to send search and rescue teams and relief material to help during rehabilitation and reconstruction. The navy is on standby to send its ships to Japan.

    INDONESIA: Will send 15 search and rescue personnel with experience in the Haiti quake as well as blankets, mattresses, water tanks and bottled water in emergency aid to Japan.

    LITHUANIA: Lithuania's state fire and rescue service said it was ready to offer up to 32 rescuers, including three with search dogs and three paramedics. Lithuania coordinates assistance via the European Union.

    MALAYSIA: Will send a team of more than 50 search and rescue personnel to Japan. The team will carry equipment such as aid material, medicine and five tracker dogs.

    MONGOLIA: Has donated $1 million and 2,500 woolen blankets, and has offered to send up to 300 soldiers to help with relief efforts, the country's Montsame news agency said.

  4. NEW ZEALAND: New Zealand has sent a search and rescue help team consisting of 65 personnel.

    RUSSIA: Russia's state nuclear corporation, Rosatom, said it had offered to help in responding to the problems at Japanese nuclear plants if necessary. Russia sent 75 rescuers on Sunday to work in quake-hit areas, the Emergencies Ministry said.

    SLOVAKIA: Prime Minister Iveta Radicova told parliament that Slovakia had 250,000 euros ready for Japan, but would coordinate with other EU states. Slovakia has 25 rescue workers ready.

    SOUTH KOREA: A 102-member South Korean rescue team departed for Fukushima, where the stricken nuclear plant is located, on Monday aboard three air force C-130 planes. A further 100 rescue workers are on standby. An advance team of five rescue workers and two search dogs have been in Japan since Saturday.

    SRI LANKA: Announced $1 million aid and a military relief team with medical assistance to be dispatched to Japan.

    SWITZERLAND: Switzerland has sent a search and rescue team consisting of 29 personnel and nine dogs.

    TAIWAN: A 28-member team of rescue specialists left for Tokyo on Monday. The team contains some specialists who worked in Christchurch, New Zealand, hit by a quake in February. It has sent its first batch of supplies, including clothing, blankets and food, and will start shipping heaters.

    THAILAND: The cabinet has allocated 200 million baht ($6.58 million) to buy warm clothes, gloves, rubber boots, instant food and other goods to be sent to Japan in the next day or two. It will also send 15,000 tones of rice.

    * UNITED STATES: The U.S. Military is providing support to Japan's response operations with military assets that include air, sea and ground capability. Two Seahawk helicopters have delivered food to Shiroishi, one of the worst affected areas. Nine ships will make up the U.S. relief efforts. Government has allocated $35 million to the operation "Tomodachi" which translates as friendship in Japanese.

    -- The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan also arrived in Japan to assist relief efforts. More U.S. warships arrived off the coast on Sunday.

    -- The U.S. embassy in Tokyo has provided an initial $100,000 in immediate disaster relief assistance, and Washington is ready to provide any additional help requested.

    -- The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has deployed a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) that includes disaster response and nuclear experts, and urban search and rescue teams, comprising 144 people and 12 dogs.

    VIETNAM: Will provide $200,000 in quake/tsunami aid. the Vietnamese Red Cross will give an initial $50,000 via the Japanese Red Cross, a foreign ministry spokeswoman said.

    * OTHER BODIES: Technical assistance teams have been deployed from the Turkish Red Crescent, Switzerland Humanitarian Aid Response Team, Canadian Medical Assistance Team, Save the Children and Plan International. Initial observations from the MSF assessment teams that deployed to Miyagi prefecture indicate the need for food, blankets and water in Sendai City. Telecoms sans Frontiers (TSF) is providing emergency telecommunications assistance from Tokyo.

    -- Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) currently has a team of 10 people divided into three teams conducting mobile clinics and assessments in Miyagi prefecture.

  5. -- The U.N's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says on its website that an emergency rescue and relief operation under way in northeast Japan continues to be hampered by high magnitude aftershocks.

    -- There are now more than 605 international specialists conducting assessments, search and rescue, and medical assistance in Japan accompanied by 50 dogs.

    -- Japan has not asked the WHO to send experts in radiation contamination, but the U.N. agency's network of experts is on standby, spokesman Gregory Hartl said.

  6. I agree that the world is coming to Japan's aide. But this is simply one man's point of view who was actually in the earthquake. You are welcome to your opinions. When i spoke to him he was almost in tears. When I asked him if I could write about this all that he asked was if he could edit the statement. The version your reading is actually a paraphrased version of what I wrote in his own words. Thank you for your interest and reading my blog. I am not political and do not take sides. I am simply a photo-journalist.