Natural Disaster in Japan

by JessicaZytynsky on November 23, 2013 - 5:52pm

In this article written by CNN staff on October 15th 2013, a 7.3 magnitude earthquake shook the country of Japan.  It was approximately 200 miles away from Japan, located in the Pacific Ocean. About three billion dollars of damages have been evaluated.  This is not the first time that Japan has had huge natural disasters hit them, making many casualties as well. In 2011, an earthquake with the magnitude of 9.0 hit the Fukushima prefectures, with about 15,000 deaths. This has had a huge impact on the country’s economy since they always have to rebuild. China, who is one of the richest countries of the world and Japan’s neighbors, has not even helped out the Japanese. This has resulted in the downfall of Japan’s economy and power. The less money they have the less dominate they get.

                In my opinion, I think that the richest powers should lend a hand to the Japanese population such as Russia, The United-States and China especially. It’s not fair to them, who are located in a place where natural disasters are frequent, to pay for all these damages. This could happen to anyone in the world, and anyone would be more than thankful to have a helping hand.

http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/25/world/asia/japan-earthquake/

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Countries around the world fight for social and economic reasons. Turning a shoulder on a country who's citizens and general well being is at stake is just inhuman. Whether one country likes another or not, the down fall of one country will bring economic and social change to the other one. In the case of natural disasters all countries should be obligated to give a helping hand to a country that is at lose because the feeling would be mutual for any country. When natural disasters happen its not just the countries power that is suffering but more of the countries people that are taking a hit. Tension and anger towards one another should be suspended until that country is back on its feet. Japan has it hard being located where it is, but that doesn't mean it should be left alone to crumble.

It is shame of how much damage a natural disaster can do to a city or country, like Japan. They just never seem to be able to get a break from the wreaking of their homeland. Downsizing the situation, when living in such a small town when disaster hits everyone and everything is affected. As a community we come together and work to rebuild what we had. Not only do the community members that were affected help, but also neighboring towns lend a hand to make the job go by faster. It means a lot to ones in need when people you may not even know show that they care. Generosity goes a long way in the hearts of others. I agree though that some of the wealthier countries should lend a helping hand to Japan. With the amount of money that our country spends on pointless things, we should be able to help Japan. Below are some of wasteful things that the United States Government spends money on.
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I find it troubling how much damage and how much suffering can come out of disasters such as this one. Sometimes it is one after the other and it does not leave a break for people to try and get back on their feet. I really find this kind of situation sad and it burdens me to see how much people need help. I feel like we, people living in rich countries, are not doing enough and that we can do so much more.

From an ethical standpoint, I definitely agree with your post. However, the morally right ethical standpoint is not always a realistic option. This happens to be one of those times. I would love for the United States to realistically be able to give aid to countries that are hit with national disasters every time. I agree that this would be fair but in the real world, what is fair is not always an option, and intervening in every issue across the world would put the United States’ economy in an even worse position that it is in now. The same goes for China.
Just because this is the way that the world works, doesn’t mean that it is right though. I was brought up in a small town where everybody knew everybody and everybody helped everybody out. It’s sad that the entire world can’t work like this. Generosity rarely looks good on paper though. It’s easy to be generous when you’re letting your neighbor borrow your lawn mower or some ingredients for their supper, but when it’s the amount of money that it would take to rebuild cities, it just can’t be done.

I totally agree with you Jessica, other countries should give help to the countries that need it. It should go beyond economic and political strategies. When a country is in crisis or hit by a natural disaster that killed thousands of people, like Japan in this case, every other countries that have the resources to help the country in difficulty should do so. From my view, human lives or more important than economical issues.

I agree with this post, we need to help other countries that suffer from natural disasters that devastate whole cities and countries. It's a shame that in a matter of hours countries can be destroyed, like Japan. Over the last couple of years Japan has been hit with both earthquakes and tsunamis. To help them rebuild I believe that we should send people and money over there, it would contribute to the clean up so much. I have personally experienced a natural disaster such as Japan. There was a massive flood in my hometown of Binghamton in both 2006 and 2011 that left people homeless and out of work. These floods devastated the whole city. The community came together to help rebuild and clean up the city after both floods. Even though these disasters were not a good thing, it helped everyone in the community come together. If Japan was able to do this with the help of other they would be able to rebuild quickly. This is why when unfortunate events happen like this, human as a race need to come together and help others for the greater good.

I agree with your opinion. Natural disasters occur all around the world and leave billions of people to suffer in consequence. I feel all nations should come together and act as a world population by helping one another survive these tough times. Instead of creating expensive wars, funding's should be sent to those in need. I've experienced minor natural problems, I wouldn't go as far as calling them disasters, but my home town experiences minor earthquakes all the time due to our town being built right on the fault line. As a community we are responsible to look out for our neighbors and help one another if in need. I hope maybe someday our world cn be more like my tiny community eager to lend a helping hand whenever necessary.

I agree with your opinion. Natural disasters occur all around the world and leave billions of people to suffer in consequence. I feel all nations should come together and act as a world population by helping one another survive these tough times. Instead of creating expensive wars, funding's should be sent to those in need. I've experienced minor natural problems, I wouldn't go as far as calling them disasters, but my home town experiences minor earthquakes all the time due to our town being built right on the fault line. As a community we are responsible to look out for our neighbors and help one another if in need. I hope maybe someday our world cn be more like my tiny community eager to lend a helping hand whenever necessary.

This article has a very good message behind it. If you were in need,, wouldn't you want someone to help you? I agree with the statement that the more dominant countered of the world should help Japan in its time of need, however I do not think that it should be the United States that helps them. The United States is in trillions of dollars of debt, and with its own country in shambles I highly suggest we should not be the ones helping out other countries in any financial way. This is relatable to something that happened back where I'm from a few years ago. There was a huge storm called "The October Storm" and it caused a lot of issues. There were not many fatalities but there was plenty of destruction to homes, streets, and communities all around because of the high winds and heavy snow. People from surrounding counties pitched in to help clean up and start rebuilding the most hard hit places; it was quite the thing to watch. Lending a helping hand is never a bad thing; just make sure you don't need to help yourself first.

I agree with you
Japan had live trough enormous disasters and to know that no even China,its closest neighbour didn't even help. It had the opportunity to because of its strong economic but instead the Chinese government preferred to let the Japanese.It is really not faire because helping others in horrible situations should be a reflex.Letting them suffer and being able to help them is a form of justice.

I agree with you
Japan had live trough enormous disasters and to know that no even China,its closest neighbour didn't even help. It had the opportunity to because of its strong economic but instead the Chinese government preferred to let the Japanese.It is really not faire because helping others in horrible situations should be a reflex.Letting them suffer and being able to help them is a form of justice.

I agree with you
Japan had live trough enormous disasters and to know that no even China,its closest neighbour didn't even help. It had the opportunity to because of its strong economic but instead the Chinese government preferred to let the Japanese.It is really not faire because helping others in horrible situations should be a reflex.Letting them suffer and being able to help them is a form of justice.

I agree that country’s with power and wealth should be helping countries in need. Whether countries like each other or not it is not right to neglect countries in need. I feel that more fundraisers and charities should be created and more easily accessed from citizens all over the world to donate to countries on need. Before reading this I would have had no idea that an earthquake even hit Japan. Countries should do more to help each other in this world. Great post and I strongly agree with all of your points.

I absolutely agree with your point here. Natural disasters can occur anywhere in the world at any time, and as you discussed they can cause millions, if not billions, of dollars-worth of damage. This was very much the case with the recent earthquake that occurred in Japan. It is only right that nations who have the means to do so step in and help other struggling nations. We would want other countries to do the same for us if we were in the same challenging situation, so clearly assisting the Japanese in as many ways as possible is the right thing to do. From my person experiences, my community has always made a pint of helping others in need, both locally and afar. Let us hope that we can work together as a global community to help the Japanese people fix this detrimental situation.

I agree! Wealthier countries should definitely lend a helping hand to the weaker countries. Rich countries spend a good majority of their money on wasteful things that could be spent elsewhere that would be more beneficial. I feel bad for places like this where natural disasters occur. we have always known that when one town is in trouble, oftenly many other towns nearby help them out. The people who are suffering appreciate this reatly. Being there for others in a time of desperate need is the greatest thing a person can possibly do.

I agree very much with this post. What caught my eye was your title because I wasn’t even aware that Japan had another natural disaster. I was aware of the one in 2011 but not this one in October. This is really sad for Japan because they are always in the middle of these natural disasters and their economy has to be taxed by these. I agree that richer countries should be a guide and lend a hand in paying for this damage especially if there are human lives at stake and home gone. I can guarantee if the USA or China were in Japans position they would be begging for help. The USA should help for sure because I am not of a fan of how they spend their money and at least this would be for a good cause! But what comes around goes around if the USA or China are ever in need they won’t have Japan there for them and I am a firm believer in karma. I like how you made the blog short and sweet and its quite impressive you summed it all up in that little paragraph! GREAT JOB!

i couldn't imagine having an earthquake hit the US. i don't know how Japan deals with that all the time. to have all that damage to the coutry and have to pay for it and all the deaths that occurred because of the earth i know japan is in desperate need of help and powerful and rich countries should definitely help out. but then again sometimes you have to think of what those countries are going through. the united states has been in some bad economic times, and it would be hard to try and help out other countries. i do agree with your statement but to some extreme. very good post and very interesting.

I agree with you in the fact that some of the other wealthier countries in the world should help Japan. They are in a bit of a predicament due to their location and economy and it is almost impossible to be able to pull themselves out of the economic position they are in without exterior support. It is heart-wrenching to hear the amount of casualties that have taken place due to these natural disasters. The residents of Japan know that they are coming but really have no way of properly preparing themselves in order to survive these disasters since they are still recovering from past occurrences. They have to hope for the best which makes it all the more terrible.
Even though each country has their own set of issues to deal with, it should be our responsibility as human beings to take care of those around us that are experiencing disaster and tragedy. I know that is easier said than done, but hopefully someday the world will be able to function more like this.

You made such valid points. Japan doesn't have control over the natural disasters occurring, and they are located in a more dangerous environment than most countries. If the shoe was on the other foot and the United States suffered from a natural disaster, most people would expect neighboring and allied countries to help us get back on our feet. It is understandable that other countries have interior issues that money could go towards, but i think that Japan should be held as a priority since they are not fully recovered from past disasters and it is the humane thing to do. Too many cultures present day are inhumane and only focus on themselves, when others could really be suffering.

This post was very informative. I did not know how much damage one natural disaster could have on a country that is so far away from where I live. This is disheartening because it seems as though they cannot catch a break from all of the disasters. Sometimes I believe that it is hard to think about countries that are so far away because you are worried about your own country that you are living in. I remember that when Hurricane Sandy occurred, I donated as much as I could because it was all over the news and I realized that not everyone is as fortunate as I am. It was easy for me to put old clothes and shoes in a box and donate it, but it probably meant way more to the person receiving my donation. For this reason exactly, I agree that the wealthier countries should lend a helping hand to Japan. Our country spends so much money in areas that are not needed, it would make sense to donate some of it to Japan. This was a very interesting post and I am glad I took the time to read about what is happening in other areas of the world.

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