All Talk and No Action Wednesday, March 16, 2011

This is the best piece I have read on the earthquake in Japan.

I urge you to read it and get a better perspective on all things Japanese.

The piece corroborates my personal opinion on charity to Japan : The nation doesn't require our funds.

Japan is a wealthy country and has the wherewithal to survive such disasters.

What we can and should do is:
  • Continue doing business with Japan
  • Give new business to Japan
  • Visit Japan and give a boost to its tourism
Nothing scars a place ravaged by natural/man-made disaster more than a drop in business. When the dust has settled, the Japanese will require support to rev up their economy. 
This is where you can help.

I remember reading a journalist's (don't recollect the name now) account of her travel through Jaipur after the city was rocked by serial blasts in 2008.

Most small time hoteliers, tonga pullers and small artisans lamented the drop in business. 

Most people tend to stay away from calamity struck places and unwittingly hurt the economic and psychological recovery of the people affected.

Gujarat too experienced two of India's worst natural disasters in 1998 and 2001, each of which killed more than 20,000 people and resulted in loss of billions of dollars.

As a matter of twisted fate, both these calamities struck at and affected almost the same places.

Having my maternal relatives residing in Kutch, we in Mumbai, were clued in to the horror stories of destruction and loss. 

Old and young witnessed scenes which scarred their minds. Many people I know have been in therapy since 2001 and are yet to recover. People can often go into trauma for years, sometimes, without realising that they have been in mourning.

[At a personal level, my mom lost her sister in the earthquake and the entire family was in mourning for a very long time. So such disasters, generally touch a raw nerve.]

Coming back to Japan, given their innate stoicism - people may show outside signs of courage and recovery. However, most of them will need support and care to overcome their grief. This is where the international community must contribute.

A husband-wife duo I know has been holding arts and craft workshops for kids across various villages in Leh. Remember Leh?

The couple will continue with the workshops till they feel the kids show signs of emotional recovery. 

I don't think holding such workshops in Japan is feasible [due to language barriers]. But you do get the drift...?

There is much we can do to help Japan. Money comes at the very bottom of the pyramid.
Also, we must help not because tomorrow we might suffer similar fate.

Only because it seems the right thing to do.


sonal said...

Ummm, interesting perspective

vinod said...

Very well written

All Talk and No Action said...

@sonal - Welcome to the blog. Hope you found other stuff on the blog interesting too.

@Vinod - Thank you :)

Dhawal Shah said...

Except for most of the perspectives that have been overlooked, i agree with @vinod that it is very well written.

What a silly thought, why would you want to revive the Japanese economy, when I am sure, it is quite wealthy country and they will definitely bounce back.

The Japs have more factories around the world and Intellectual Property that is N-Proof that they dont really need any additional business.

Has the writer been to Japan. You want to boost tourism in Japan at the cost of what, why cant you travel locally and show the same amount of consideration.

Also, traveling to Japan will take a minimum of USD 4500, do you want to impoverish yourself and revive Japan.

Because of such silly articles and even sillier people who keep traveling and cause green house emissions for CO2 and make summer's unbearably warm here in India.

I request the author to THINK and COMMENT on this.