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People queue outside a supermarket in downtown Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, on Thursday.

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Just try ordering from Amazon.co.jp or Rakuten..

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And how are online companies going to get purchases to the effected areas? Giant catapults?

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I love jokes but this is my town anglootaku and I don't find your comment funny in the least. I was downtown all afternoon and I guarantee you none of the people in this picture would find your comment funny either. Not one.

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I feel for the folks in Sendai. It had just started snowing and it will surely hamper rescue efforts. And I hope there was no panic-buying of food, medicine, etc. there. Hoping for the best...

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My Gosh Man! I hope they are rationing, otherwise there is nothing left once you make it in. I told my wife to get powdered milk for the young one just in case milk sold out but her generation is inflexible and not used to hardship so she just rolled her eyes. My grandparents from the US Depression era used to eat anything. One Japanese man I worked with from Tokushima said food was so scarce after the war that he used to catch and eat frogs.

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very discipline I 've never seen before You can't see this in Thailand I wish my country to have a discipline like Japanese I respect them so much Ganbatte

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It is very amazing that people don't loot and there is no curfew anywhere.

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If you think this is bad, you should of seen the line on Monday for people to get on a train to GO TO WORK ! !

A 400m line about 10 blocks and no scuffles either.

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Even though the lines are long and the weather is cold, they stay queued up. Japanese people are much admired for their adherence to discipline and egalitarian.

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I'm hearing more stories from people on the ground near the area of dire food shortages and medical help. So even they survived, now there lives are in danger or dying even in the evacuation centres.

"why are they dropping aid from planes like you see from America do in other disasters?" is what I've heard. "please get more aid from the outside world, the nuclear plant is not the main problem"

Trying to check this on news wires, but see little news of this. Unfortunately the world media has latched TOO MUCH on the reactor whilst people (I'm told) are dying from aftermath of the quake tsunami.

Difficult to get news on this part of the disaster and whats happening.

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sorry should be ""why are they NOT dropping aid from planes like you see from America do in other disasters?"

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I was just thinking… I can send some food to my friends, but how can I send them water? And they need water first… all this makes me so sad…

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I wouldn't send food-packages internationally, much is illegal to send via the postal services.

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@888naff

As Hong Kong Chinese, we just thought before that Japan is able to supply all the foods and materials to the affected area.

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Zenny11: sorry, didn't get you. what do you mean exactly?

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Marushka.

There are rules as to what food-items can be posted within Japan and between countries. Some countries will fine offenders.

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Zenny11: oh, this is true, i know it. you cant send to japan any fresh product, but canned / conserved food, chocolates etc are ok

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I hope you will soon get over it, dear Japanese people.

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During the Kobe earthquake,the most asked for item from friends with the care package I was sending was a portable gas burner and extra cans of propane to cook their food with.

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@kwatt and others: the Japanese show a consideration of others even in circumstances like these that is amazing (to use your word) only to people who haven't lived there....

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May have been written already, but I don't think food aid can be sent directly at this moment (not sure, but I think so). I'm sure that will not be the case in a short time (if it is now), but definitely personal mail from overseas would be tough to get to its destination, and even domestic food/water donations would just have to be general ones. Hopefully I'm wrong.

Anyway, I hope the supermarket is giving away or NEARLY giving the stuff away, and not charging to much. Good luck, people.

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to 888naff - the helicopters with aid from the U.S. are dropping aid, but it's hard because of the radiation and the particles from the damaged nuclear power plant.

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smithinjapan: sure, you are right, checked with post office they dont know anything about delivery ie they can not guarantee on time delivery, but what would you do? It is even more painful just to observe situation like it is without being able to help your friends

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People, sending money is the most preferable and most efficient thing that we can do right now. Even if you send stuff now, there are no way to be provided to the people in those areas because the normal logistics is still not working. We cannot send anything to there even from inside of Japan. After few months later, it would be OK. Be patient and let's do whatever we can do right now.

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Donation via Red Cross is the most reliable.

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The whole world including me is traumatized by the disaster of centuries in Japan. Japanese people are brave enough to stand strong and will face this debacle too. I pray to the almighty to supplement more and more courage to Japanese people in bearing this fiasco. Come on Japan, you have proved it several times in the past also. The whole world is with you in this extreme difficult time. I am with you with my whole heart & soul. Japan will certainly overcome & rise high once again. May almighty bless the soul of affected Japanese people to rest in heaven.

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At last this site is giving some respect to the Japanese people. They are great people!

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Reality and response integrated for adjustment or something reflecting the situation ... sentiments driving people to stock daily staples and other personal needs ... business entities anticipating ... a market is adjusted ...

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leifjapan--Red cross has, over the long term and short term, the tendancy to reroute generosities to other projects. They did with 9-11, (few Americans have forgotten that) other tragedies as well. Find who is actually there and helping. You will be helping the victims with a little extra effort.

Please.

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May God Bless Japanese!!

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The Japanese Govt. and all businesses and services should ALL start using copy proof numbered identifier, so that all these lines can be eliminated. Everyone would be given a number to identify their place in line, then they can do other important things while waiting for the number to be called. Those that miss their place in line should be given priority the next day. This is a cheap, efficient way to handle this horrible situation.

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Wow. I gotta agree. Such orderliness. No rioting and no looting. An only in Japan moment.

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