Twitter Brings Aid to Devastated Area in Japan

March 21, 2011 Juju Kurihara 0 Comments

Friday on the 18th of March at 14:46 Japan time, people observed a minute of silence for all the loss and damages from the earthquake attacked Japan a week ago.



While people are paying attention to Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, in the devastated area 260,000 are still suffering from shortage of food, water or medicine.

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Japanese government on the 15th, decided to send Self-Difence Force to those devastated area to send them supply. They have cleared up Kamaishi port and a ship arrived finally before the weekend. First they supplied petro to fire engines and trucks to send rescue team and aid to the shelters. Besides this, they took food (of course), nappies, kerosene and medicines. However, this is still not enough.


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Menwhile twitter has become a great help in Japan.

The students a university in Tsukuba city in Ibaraki prefecture where is accepting people from devastated area  asked people aid through Twitter. The reaction was so quick that within 1 hour, they received about 600 onigiri. 


A councilor of the same city and the city itself asked blankets and cusions for them, and within 2 hours, they received about 250 blankets. 

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Some people are panicked and rush into the supermarkets to stock up food. So in twitter, someone has put this. It says "we can help by sharing" and shows for example, another 12 rolls of toilet paper you just bought can serve to 1,000 people in the shelters. This is true and effective, I think.



Actually when I first found out about this quake, I opened my twitter after long time and just put "please answer me". Soon, a friend from childhood responded, she also had found out other friends' safety. How relief it gave me!


Of course if they are in the devastated area, it doens't work but this type of social network is the biggest help in Japan at the moment, especially under the situation that the aid is coming from individual people and private volunteer groups.


Today was the day I really appreciate social network. Everyone says that they want to help whatever they can. Each little help becomes a big help at the end. I'm writing this to tell you all what is really happening in Japan and how they've been spending these days besides you see on the telly on your sofa.


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