BEATLES - HELP!
In the case of my recent blog criticizing the Japan Red Cross for delays in getting relief funds to the victims of the Tohoku earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accident, I may have been mistaken.
Marriott Hotel in Ginza, Tokyo Japan
Mr. Hiro Kosugi, who is a good friend of mine and who is also the This is an excellent rebuttal and so well written that I asked for his permission to post the entire mail. Mr. Kosugi says:
Thank you so very much, Mr. Kosugi. If I am mistaken about Red Cross efforts, I stand corrected. I commend you on your efforts and think it is wonderful that such a fine organization such as Marriot Hotels have decided to make the effort to do something to cooperate in the relief. I applaud your efforts.
If I made it seem that the Japan Red Cross didn't do any efforts, and they in fact did, then I am wrong. Let me though say that I have been provided with information that was taken by a direct telephone call to Japan Red Cross and some background researching that seems to indicate that they hadn't done anything at all. I am not at liberty, at this time, to name the publication that researched this information for me as I am under the impression that they are going to write an expose about Japan Red Cross activities.
Their information came to me like this:
Here is some info that our researcher dug up from calling the Japan Red Cross, and more.
---------- Forwarded message ----------
Subject: Let me know if you need further info.
According the JRCS’ｓ PR: The delay in sending out genkin donations to disaster affected prefectures (義援金 Genkin - money will be given in cash to survivors) maybe due to the fact that the Donation Allocation Committee came together on Friday April 8 for their first meeting since the earthquake. (Members include JRC, Red Feather/JCC + reps from 15 prefectures)
Also, the earthquake was large-scale, affecting 15 prefectures so it
took (time) to organize the committee.
First money transfer:
On April 12(Tues) JRCS was requested by the allocation committee of
Fukushima, Tochigi and Nagano prefectures and was then transferred to each prefecture's allocation committee on the 13th:
* Kobe EQ damage was concentrated in and around Hyogo prefectureFukushima received Y23 bn (Y23,006,000,000)
Tochigi Y252m (Y 252,150,000)
Nagano Y 19m (Y 19,500,000)
Niigata (Y 16,710,000)
I also found a blog site that gives us more insight on this issue - in English.
blogspot.com/2011/04/basic- info-on-gienkin-donations-in. html
"At 4 weeks nothing has been sent yet - a few main issues
1. Systematic problems - how to verify?
Evacuees often have no ID or proof where they are from, who they are.
City halls have also been destroyed, staff killed - no records to check in many cases in some evacuation centers.
2. Scale issues - this time 15 prefectures have been affected
Some evacuees are housed far from home, no local government
representative to help them
So there seems to be some discrepancy between the two stories. Nevertheless, if the Japan Red Cross has done something, I stand corrected thank to Mr. Hiro Kosugi. But, even comparing both sets of information, it seems true that Japan Red Cross has still not gotten any cash directly into the hands of the survivors at this time.
I sent Mr. Kosugi a copy of the mail I had received from the magazine. That mail thanked him and added:
I am so happy to get this type of well-written and logical rebuttal. I am also quite happy to admit I am wrong when the occasion arises. My only recourse at this moment is to apologize as I suspect that the Japan Red Cross did deliver some blankets and a minor number of goods - so I cannot insinuate that they did absolutely nothing.
I think, though, I still should stand by my final comment that I made in the blog post in question and that is, "There has got to be a better way."
Let's hope this public discussion will help services such as the government and relief agencies to rethink their methods and to streamline their systems so that those in need do not have to wait even one second longer than is necessary.