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Initially the aid will be worth around $100,000 but that would be a "down-payment," he said.

Good gestures for host country that already providing billions.

https://asia.nikkei.com/Politics/International-relations/Japan-greenlights-8.6bn-to-host-U.S.-troops

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So what other countries is willing to provide?

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So what other countries is willing to provide?

Did Japan ask and beg for donation? Does any other country got billions from Japan prior disaster?

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RiveraToday  08:12 am JST

So what other countries is willing to provide?

https://japantoday.com/category/politics/taiwan-to-donate-60-mil.-yen-to-help-japan-relief-efforts-after-quake

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Japan gives billions to US annually and they just returned 100,000 dollars as part of aid! Even Taiwan being such a small island nation donated almost 5 times more than what the US is… shame on the USA for not helping out its closet ally in a bigger way!

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Japan gives billions to US annually and they just returned 100,000 dollars as part of aid! Even Taiwan being such a small island nation donated almost 5 times more than what the US is… shame on the USA for not helping out its closet ally in a bigger way!

And tell us - what have you done to support the victims?

Thought so.

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Ah, the good ol' "I hate anything the US does here." commentary from the same voices.

OK, good enough. But if YOU were now living without shelter, running water, operational toilets in the dead of winter with the constant threat of another earthquake or landslide, I have to wonder how fast you'd be to turn down ANY assistance regardless of where it comes from.

I personally contacted the command at the local Marine Corps Air station in southwestern Japan to ask if they were going to offer official support. The answer was not at that time but it was being considered. Maybe this was what they were waiting for.

Kudos to those that will be involved in whatever assistance effort is carried out.

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I am sure that the folks suffering through this disaster really do not care where the help is coming from.

It is times like this when it is good to see the good.

-empathy and unwavering love-

A good message to carry forward into 2024

14 ( +14 / -0 )

Any help is good. Period.

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Japan gives billions to US annually and they just returned 100,000 dollars as part of aid!

Those billions aren't being sent to the US to build tourist attractions. All that money is spent on Japan's national security.

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Who helped American suffering from natural disaster,some are still waiting on FEMA to assist them,while the US funnel 100 of billion in Covid Relief to bankers that corrupted the system

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Japan gives billions to US annually and they just returned 100,000 dollars as part of aid! Even Taiwan being such a small island nation donated almost 5 times more than what the US is… shame on the USA for not helping out its closet ally in a bigger way!

What part of 'that would be a down payment' did you not get? It's not like Japan gives billions to US for nothing in return.

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Want to know what the US will do? Look at what they did in the 2011 disaster. It takes time to get logistics going. Rescue teams were the first priority while shelters, water and power is being worked.

Japan will coordinate everything, of course. Japan is excellent at this coordination.

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After the 2011 disasters, the US gave great support and had Sendai airport up and running within a week. The US gave the largest private donations equal to about ¥800 billion.

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sakurasukiToday 07:22 am JST

Initially the aid will be worth around $100,000 but that would be a "down-payment," he said.

Good gestures for host country that already providing billions.

https://asia.nikkei.com/Politics/International-relations/Japan-greenlights-8.6bn-to-host-U.S.-troops

And billions less than it costs. What's your point?

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"After the 2011 disasters, the US gave great support and had Sendai airport up and running within a week. The US gave the largest private donations equal to about ¥800 billion."

Yes, the US military indeed did a good job at Sendai airport and assisting Tohoku , absolutely.

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One of the huge challenges for management of such a scale of devastation, access to the most seriously affected areas/regions, logistics and the means to focus additional support.

The speed of recovery, with offers of global support could be hindered without multi lingual support.

And importantly could adversely affect the speed of delivery.   

Helicopters require pilots, recovery support hubs are a crucial element, with an organisation all facing the same direction.

All speaking the same language.

So, communication will be the most essential element with overseas support, a central body of knowledge leadership will ultimately save lives.

Or the danger is too many cooks.

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thank you! a true friendship and alliance!

6 ( +6 / -0 )

How does a country with trillions in debt make a donation? It's financially impossible. Enjoy the rubber check Kishida.

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Marc LoweToday 12:32 am JST

How does a country with trillions in debt make a donation? It's financially impossible. Enjoy the rubber check Kishida.

So no one with a mortgage can make a donation in your view? This may be a new fact for you but japan has a way higher debt to gdp ratio than the US:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_government_debt

and owing it domestically is not going to make it much easier to pay off.

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Of course! The U.S. always offers to help those in need.

Not “willing to” (like China) but “wants to”.

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Good to hear the U.S. will aid Japan for the disasters caused by the earthquake. China had earlier offered aid to Japan, also, and so did Taiwan. Did Japan accept their offers of aid right then and there?

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Good luck.  The Japanese Foreign Ministry said that it would provide $200,000 in cash to the American Red Cross to assist victims of Hurricane Katrina.

$115 million of the $850 million offered in Katrina relief reached the U.S.

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"" Initially the aid will be worth around $100,000 but that would be a "down-payment," he said"" ????

Am I missing something??? or one ZERO??

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