It has been a week since the disaster. In addition to the earthquakes and subsequent tsunami, we are now facing a nuclear disaster, too. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for the kind words and efforts to help Japan. We really appreciate it.
I have been thinking. About many things. I am watching the disaster reports on TV, just as you do who live outside Japan, from the safe distance and I feel guilty. The guilt over surviving, not suffering, not doing enough, not being able to do more. We are heavily discouraged to send stuff to the suffering areas individually. So all we can do is donating money and there is a limit a person can donate and it makes me depressed. The city halls and relief agencies, as well as TV networks, are collecting monetary donation and scholarships for orphans are expanding, but these efforts are not enough.
The support efforts from overseas are reported here and we all feel good, that we are not alone. The morale support is also vital in case of disaster as well as monetary support. The supporting messages/articles on the paper as well as individual prayer on the message board help us keep going. And then, jokes and malicious comments appeared, too. They hurt us tremendously however, we all believe in the freedom of speech in Japan, so I exercise my right and say that it shows the person's bad taste and insensitivities. In Japan everything has its time and place. Whatever the personal belief is, it's not time, or place, to express it now, so just shut up and later when everything resumed normal then start talking, is the general opinion I believe.
I have been wondering what I can do.