Comments on: Donating to Japan, cont. A slice of lime in the soda Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:05:02 +0000 hourly 1 By: flerg777 Fri, 18 Mar 2011 17:26:11 +0000 Mr. Salmon, I understand and generally agree with your notions here. However, please make sure your words fit what you really want to say, and don’t just intend to incite, e.g., using the word “silly” when referring to donations. The inference and stigma attached to silliness is meant only to hurt, and though I don’t believe that is your intention, you have still relayed that message.

By: DaveWinkler Fri, 18 Mar 2011 12:29:23 +0000 Just to let you know, the Red Cross is only one organization of many others. There’s a need for food and water in the affected areas.

By: dc9992011 Fri, 18 Mar 2011 05:12:15 +0000 If you view the link to the NYT article, you will see it is citing info from the IFRC, so it is not a racist or media conspiracy. Either there is confusion about “welcoming” vs. “needing” donations, or perhaps the initial position of “welcoming” has morphed into “needing” as the situation has become more dire.

By: DanHess Fri, 18 Mar 2011 05:03:01 +0000 Felix,

With all due respect (and as someone whose wife comes from Iwate prefecture) you should know that while Japan has rich people, that doesn’t mean their wealth is getting to those who need it.

You are an economist, right? You understand (do I presume too much?) that the invisible hand of many independent players can achieve things that even governments cannot.

As a hardline statist, perhaps it goes against your religion that many small and creative organizations (such as the sock guy) can identify and solve tons of problems before the government can get its pants on, but that is the reality. Not because of money but because of free markets.

In New Orleans, the situation was immeasurably worsened because self-important people took ‘control’ when a hive-like approach was needed.

By: Radelta Fri, 18 Mar 2011 03:02:07 +0000 Hey felix, what is your problem with japanese people? They dont deserve life as much as your white behind?

By: TFF Thu, 17 Mar 2011 20:53:32 +0000 Disaster relief is more about manpower and infrastructure, in the wake of an event that disrupts and destroys both.

I’m sure donated funds will be welcome — but it will be months before they actually make a difference. In the meantime, relief organizations are making do with whatever they already have available.

That isn’t a reason not to donate.

By: redcrest Thu, 17 Mar 2011 18:00:03 +0000 Okay, then–if we shouldn’t donate money, then how can we help Japan? You can’t expect people to just sit by and do nothing during a crisis like this.

By: JamesAWC Thu, 17 Mar 2011 16:28:44 +0000 How dare you highjack the Japanese crisis and launch into a holier-than-thou tirade on the pros and cons of targeted charity.

Shame on you Salmon, for such crass grandstanding at a time of great suffering and shame on Reuters for allowing your trash to be published on their site.

By: tomk Thu, 17 Mar 2011 16:16:23 +0000 Don’t know about Red Cross and their own issues.
But Japan does need donation and all kinds of support.


Half of Japan is severely damaged.
Japan was rich. It “WAS”.

And those northern areas are relatively poor areas
with many older people.

Do not stop your support.
Think about children and elders.
What they have build has all lost.

There are many many organizations other than Red Cross.
Many of them are tax deductible.

Please choose the organizations carefully.
And again, please help Japan now.
Do not stop the circle of help.
It could be you and your family.

By: globalnomad Thu, 17 Mar 2011 09:24:50 +0000 Agree with ianmlatte. The latest update from UN OCHA (Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs), dated 16 March, states that the Government of Japan welcomes foreign donations, and asks UN member states to donate through the Japanese Red Cross.