"Japan is one of the most generous and strongest benefactors, coming to the assistance of those in need, the world over," said U.N. chief Ban Ki Moon.
We in the United States share that status as leading world philanthropists. We have that and much, much more in common with the people of Japan, who have suffered unspeakable devastation and are now experiencing ongoing suffering.
The Pacific Northwest, in particular, has deep ties to the country and people of Japan. We share deep ties of kinship, family, trade, hospitality and culture.
Geologically, we live along the Cascadia subduction zone, the tectonic fault most similar to that which spawned Japan’s devastating quake and resulting tsunami which swallowed whole cities and countless souls.
We, and Japan, are wealthy, technologically advanced countries with sophisticated warning and detection systems which certainly minimized the impact of this enormous event, but we are forcibly reminded that the best efforts of humankind are puny in relation to the massive forces of nature.
Here in Olympia, our sister city Kato (formerly Yashiro) gave us significant material aid after the 2001 earthquake, making it possible to rebuild the Fourth Avenue bridge.
Millions of Japanese families – parents, elderly, children – are without water, food, or shelter. Please give promptly and generously to help our brothers and sisters in Japan: Save the Children, the Red Cross, International Medical Corps, Doctors Without Borders, etc.
Please, give thoughtfully and give now, when help is most urgently needed.