I saw an interesting article I’d like to share with you. It’s got to do with Japan’s decision to provide some money to the U.S. and Canada to help pay for cleaning up the tsunami debris that is expected to hit west coast shores.
It’s titled: Why on earth is Japan paying for tsunami debris cleanup in North America? It’s posted on the Japan Daily Press website which is dedicated to engaging the world with news and editorials on various facets of Japan.
Alaskans and others are concerned about what will happen when all that marine debris hits our coasts. It will require a massive clean-up effort. The big question is: Who will pay for it? Once you’ve seen the photo of the crew cleaning up part of a dock that washed ashore in Oregon, you get a hint of all the labor and special efforts that will be needed to clean the debris of hazardous wastes.
The author of the article posted at Japan Daily Press is Adam Westlake, who hails from Portland, Oregon but now lives in Japan.
Westlake says the offer of cleanup funds is just “Japan being Japan”. The money was not asked for by either Canada or the U.S., says Westlake who states that the gesture, no matter how well meant, is “an incredibly foolish act at this point in time”.
They say they want to do this as a way of showing appreciation for the millions and millions of dollars that was donated to Japan in post-disaster relief efforts, says Westlake. But he thinks the money is better spent in Japan as it works to clean up and rebuild from the devastating disaster.
Westlake goes so far as to say he hopes the governments of the United States and Canada refuse the money.
He argues that natural disasters happen and that the victim country has no responsibility for the disaster or for how a natural disaster may affect other parts of the globe as the situation progresses.
“Japan was impacted by these disasters immediately, and now, a year and a half later, North America is feeling the results,” he wrote.
Here is what Westlake suggests: “The act on Japan’s part is truly of a kind nature, but now is not the time to using money that way. And there’s no real way to “pay it forward” when it comes to natural disasters. If Japan really wants to show gratitude for all the recovery aid it received, it should help give to the next country struck by natural disaster. But you can’t go paying things like that back when your country’s people and economy are not in a healthy condition.”
An interesting perspective from an article posted on the Japan Daily Press website. See the link below to read the article.
The original article from Japan Daily Press
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