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Thousands forced from homes by quake face stress and exhaustion

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By HIRO KOMAE, AYAKA MCGILL and YURI KAGEYAMA

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Sounds March 2011 story being repeated again, this time just without power plant accident this time.

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2011/06/23/national/suicides-upping-casualties-from-tohoku-catastrophe/

-11 ( +3 / -14 )

In the shelters, people are still sleeping on cold floors, but after initial help provided only a piece of bread and a cup of water for each person a day, the arrival of aid is allowing some facilities to begin serving hot food cooked in huge pots.

That's shameful. I wish I could go help.

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no wonder why Japanese homeless will increase, instead of paying for meals and accommodations, Kishida is spending the Japanese tax money for Ukrainians...

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no wonder why Japanese homeless will increase, instead of paying for meals and accommodations, Kishida is spending the Japanese tax money for Ukrainians...

I'm not convinced it's the ONLY reason, but I would prefer to see Japan spend money on Japan instead of other countries.

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60,000 people live(ed) in Wajima. They need immediate shelter. Mid-term shelter and then long-term shelter.

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give these millions u are going to waste in UA to these 60000 victims instead....build shelters whatever but stop waste money again.

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Is anyone aware of a system where one can offer a home for a family free of charge? Our house is large, modern, warm and has 3 big empty bedrooms and I would welcome a family in need to have a place to stay until things settle down.

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Is anyone aware of a system where one can offer a home for a family free of charge? Our house is large, modern, warm and has 3 big empty bedrooms and I would welcome a family in need to have a place to stay until things settle down.

I tried the same thing in 2011. I owned an empty house at the time and was offering it rent free, but after going to the authorities, I learned that "there is no system for that." And that was that.

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A state of sustained limbo unfortunately. Lives spared but now totally at the mercy of the ability to start the cleanup process and make collective timely decisions which could end up being incredibly frustrating.

Really feel for these people, our Fukui neighbours actually, and it could have been any of us. Makes the community spirit central again though, but these are going to be very trying times. Whether Wajima places like have the manpower and youth to actually rebuild will be the research question. Predict Itll take a decade or so. If anyone can do it though, the Japanese can.

6 ( +8 / -2 )

A bad omen.

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I tried the same thing in 2011. I owned an empty house at the time and was offering it rent free, but after going to the authorities, I learned that "there is no system for that." And that was that.

Japan bureaucrats would prefer to let those people suffering in those temporary shelter rather than accommodate a way to make those people less suffering.

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No problem! LDP's illustrious leader, PM Kishida has vowed "ceaseless" aid!

(sarcasm)

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BertieWoosterToday  05:58 pm JST

No problem! LDP's illustrious leader, PM Kishida has vowed "ceaseless" aid!

(sarcasm)

Then you have those lost souls that think its appropriate to throw political scorn during a tragic natural disaster. Incorrigible . Find some class dude.

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Could have used some of that $37,000,000 donated to Ukraine to relieve these CITIZENS stress and Exhaustion.

-5 ( +2 / -7 )

Japan's LDP regime reduced disaster prevention budget to increase arms race budget drastically despite country often facing massive disaster.

Evacuation places are still poor where evacuees sleeping together on floor and no even privacy, besides, Covid19 or influenza are rampant at there.

-3 ( +2 / -5 )

My heart goes to the suffering humanity. How could I be of any help ? I am so ignorant and handicapped.

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When disasters strike people can find any reason to find blame to point fingers where support should come from. This is an unfortunate event, and during these times I am sure there is a lot of behind the scenes support that is being planned that will take time with logistics and the support getting there in the mean time it is very important for people to think to have a disaster preparedness plan in such cases, no matter where you are you have to think survival and to have a plan in case an event happens.

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The lack of support is shameful. In a country susceptible to disasters, a department equipped with supplies and logistics (sea-borne, air-borne) to deploy within 24 hours anywhere in the country can and should be maintained.

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If people would be prepared for such disasters, by stockpiling canned foods, tents, sleeping bags, etc, they would not have to rely on a cumbersome bureaucracy to decide what to do.

How many times has government failed, not just in Japan, but everywhere a natural disaster occurs, to deliver timely aid?

People need to realize that the best and often only resource that exists is self preparation for self preservation.

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If you ever feel cold then keep in good knowledge that it's -6 (C) in Seoul and they have even worse insulation.

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