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Japan to donate $10 mil to Philippines; 106 Japanese unaccounted for

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That's a bit more like it Japan! Much better than sending a couple of dozen medical staff. Well done!

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US is donating $20M+ a wealth of resources; Britain has upped its donation to $16M + a destroyer and a transport aircraft on the way; Australia is giving $9.3M; fresh-out-of-bankruptcy Ireland has donated $1.3M + supplies from its aid stock in Dubai and a specialist team;

Don't forget that private donations from these countries will far exceed the public amounts.

Given the proximity and strategic importance of the Philippines, $10M looks a bit stingy to say the least.

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I don't want to sound heartless, but Japan still has thousands of its OWN people living in shelters after the Tsunami. How many permanent houses would 10m buy?!

Why are they giving this money to the Philippines, when they cant even afford to help their own? Insanity to me.

That being said, I do hope the Philippines can recover from this soon.

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As of 2010, Japan's GDP was 27.6 times larger than the Philippines. The Philippines government donated 1 million US$ at the time of the Tohoku disasters and the Philippines Red Cross donated another 1.6 million.

The difference in purchasing power means Japan's donation will go further, but it still seems rather paltry in comparison.

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Japn is a blessed country in many ways, thanks for extending your arm alongside other countries pouring aid to ur most affected neighbour.

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in Turkey, there is no media talking about this disaster. they just write/talk about pm erdogan.. my poor-minded country.. i hope our brothers and sisters will be ok soon. we pray for you..

and minna, this is not a donation contest. it's just donation. a peny is important for people over there. discussion on money is unnecessery..

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I do hope the missing Japanese are found safe.

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The amount of money the J government is going to donate will likely increase. I think its just an assessment money. If things are worse, J government will do more.

For example, when the Sumatra EQ happened, J gov initially donated 30mil dollars. But as the damaged were assessed, the J-gov donation increased to 500mil dollars.

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A hopeful way to buy alignment.

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Ten million dollars. A drop in the ocean.

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I was going to share this article on social media but then I saw the comments above and went nah...

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Thank you Japan and all countries who gave donations.

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Sorry meant to say some of the comments.

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$10M is huge in terms of the Philippines economy. It's about Pesos400M++. It can buy hundreds of new "bungalow" homes, feed the entire devastated region for months, etc. Thank you Japan!

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Jeez guys, its a start. No-one really knows the size of the issue yet, bodies are still being counted. This money is a first step to get things under way, more support will follow.

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$10M is huge in terms of the Philippines economy. It's about Pesos400M++. It can buy hundreds of new "bungalow" homes, feed the entire devastated region for months, etc. Thank you Japan!

That's why the UN has appealed for $300M

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We thank the government of Japan and its people for your generosity. It may not be as much as the other nations have contributed but the thought that goes with it is hope booster! :)

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It doesn't matter how big or small the donation is, every little bit help someone and is greatly appreciated.

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The amount of money doesn't matter folks, the number eventually ends up differently.

You see you usually have two groups: Group 1 "We're not spending enough" Group 2 "We're spending too much, there are still homeless people in our own country"

Governments usually set aside X amount for international disaster relief, more can be allocated, but it's the tought that counts. 10million USD is A LOT in the Philippines.

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Just heard good ole China is donating a whole US$100,000 the big hearted neighbour she is NOT ! And a comment came from china that was because of the disputes she has with PI over some islands being the reason why its a piddley amount.

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StormRNov. 13, 2013 - 12:15AM JST Just heard good ole China is donating a whole US$100,000 the big hearted neighbour she is NOT ! And a comment >came from china that was because of the disputes she has with PI over some islands being the reason why its a >piddley amount

Well, at least they are honest. Crappy reason, but honest. I hear JSDF is making plans to go. I'm sure the PI would rather see them than the PLA. Those who point out that disaster relief and assistance normally take time for assessment and logistics are bang on. Those who immediately jumped on the "only 10 million $" may find that their comments were put forth too soon.

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What is going on with all the people dumping on Japan for "only" ten million dollars? That is a darn good start. If the JSDF can lend material support then go help, please. It will take years to clean all this up, just like it will take more time to clean up after the tsunami and even more time for Fukushima Dai-Ichi. Heck, the US is still cleaning up New Orleans. Japan is doing well sending this aid and I think people should be pleased it is being done rather than writing churlish comments. Sheesh.

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Why are they giving this money to the Philippines, when they cant even afford to help their own? Insanity to me.

You might be interested to know that people in Ishinomaki and other hard hit places on the Tohoku coast are raising money for those affected in the Phillipines. What goes around comes around.

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Japan is always there to aid it's friends and those that know Japan know that more aid will be sent as the need arises.

This is how a civilized nation should act.

In other news the PRC has pledged to send $100,000 dollars.

Proof is in the act.

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What is going on with all the people dumping on Japan for "only" ten million dollars? That is a darn good start. If the JSDF can lend material support then go help, please. It will take years to clean all this up, just like it will take more time to clean up after the tsunami and even more time for Fukushima Dai-Ichi. Heck, the US is still cleaning up New Orleans. Japan is doing well sending this aid and I think people should be pleased it is being done rather than writing churlish comments. Sheesh.

Spot on!

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How much aid do really goes to the peoples.

There has been a lot of looting going on.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWFrfQ8lN7U&feature=player_embedded#t=0

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You might be interested to know that people in Ishinomaki and other hard hit places on the Tohoku coast are raising money for those affected in the Phillipines. What goes around comes around.

Thats wonderful. Im not criticizing people raising money as individuals, many people did the same after the Tokoku earthquake and tsunami too ... but we all saw what happened to that money...

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as i quote - Anne Frank " No one has ever become poor by giving" Thank you Japan ! :)

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It's not like this is the first or last donation Japan will be giving. Japan gives away billions of dollars every year even after 3.11 and I can assure you the Philipines has benefitted greatly and will continue to do so. Its not a game to see who gives the most and help will come in many forms especially over the next year or so. You would think Japan has learned a thing or two about disasters and perhaps preventive methods will be a better gift for future generations to come.

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Im not criticizing people raising money as individuals, many people did the same after the Tokoku earthquake and tsunami too ... but we all saw what happened to that money...

Going down this path are we? Go on then, do tell, what did you see?

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On the contrary, China donates $100k.

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Charity start at home. I still have homeless and hungry friends of Fukushima and Sendai. They will not proud to be homeless and happy to watch Typhoon victims get he housing ahead of them. Homeless from New Orleans will not cheer for US contribution. They have been homeless for a long time.

Uncomfortable truth is both US and Japan abandoned and neglected their own citizens. Donation is not the beauty contest. In fact, both Japan and US are too broke at the moment. Making big donation is unwise. Every nation can not go beyond their capacity. Canada donated 6 millions which is the reasonable amount for their GDP.

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People who live in Disasters prone area should learn, donating to charity which are spirit of giving from within your heart kudos to those who give,, but will they the victims ever learn.

How many Typhoons a year hit Philippine, year after year the government never learn.

According to the Philippine Red Cross, 31,835 Filipinos were killed and 94,369,462 others were affected by natural disasters and calamities in a span of 20 years. "The Philippines was a natural laboratory for floods, typhoons, monsoon rains, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and landslides," Philippine National Red Cross governor Dante Liban said. (Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer)

313 Disaster Incidents in 2002 Data from the Disaster Response Operations Monitoring and Information Center (DROMIC) showed that there were 313 disaster incidents in the country in 2002, up from only 199 incidents in 2001. In particular, there were 120 fire incidents that affected 15,430 households in 2002, 63 deportation or relocation incidents, 22 armed conflicts that distressed 8,891 families, 22 bombing incidents or explosions, 22 flashfloods that affected 234,414 households, and 7 destructive typhoons that distressed 568,345 families. Other types of disasters that happened in 2002 were vehicular accidents, sea mishap, tornado, massacre, plane crash, and earthquakes.

Worst Disaster in History On July 12, 2000, the Philippines witnessed one of the world's most horrifying images of social tragedy in history. Nearly 500 garbage scavengers who were living literally at the Payatas dumpsite in Quezon City were buried alive under tons of garbage when a 50-foot garbage mountain collapsed on their makeshift houses at the height of torrential rains. It was a tragic commentary on poverty in the Philippines, yet the lesson remains to be learned to this day.

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And, what is the government doing for the refugees from Fukushima?

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Ten million dollars. A drop in the ocean.

This amount actually IS just a drop in the ocean. The devastated country and the lives of millions will require billions and many years of assistance. Those with the instant trigger finger on the 'bad button' might reconsider. I merely made an observation without criticizing Japan.

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