On April 18th, JapanStyle began making one or two daily posts titled [Japan after Quake] on our Facebook page. And once a week on this blog I will compile all the posts with some additional information into one article. To keep memories and feelings alive, I would like to keep telling you about what Japan has experienced and learned from the quake. Also, knowing about secondary events that happen after huge disaster will be helpful for everyone.
[Apr.18] Suffers from big decline in dept store, hotel, restaurant & leisure facility revenue
This is because of the danger of aftershocks, electric power shortages (scheduled brownout), restrained purchasing (thinking of the people in disaster stricken areas), and so on.
[Apr.19] Donation @karaoke shops. 1yen (1cent) per cheer-up song goes to quake relief
There are 100 specified cheer-up songs, and you can sing as many as you like.
[Apr.20] Online charity abounds. 2011 is the first year of the internet donation era
One of those charity websites, “Just Giving Japan” collected ¥500,000,000 (US$6,107,000) in two weeks.
[Apr.20] Classrooms made with cardboard in disaster stricken Sendai city
According to the news article, children seem to enjoy having classes at this cardboard classroom 🙂
[Apr.21] With no electricity, toys like Rubik’s Cube, board games &Legos become popular
In addition to the purpose of power saving, many people seem to choose these toys because they realized again the importance of communication with their family and friends through the disaster.
[Apr.22] Authorities alert people to charity fraud and home repair scams. Must be careful
People sometimes seem not to realized that they have been swindled, because the fraud methods are very skillful…
[Apr.23] Gov. considers raise in consumption tax to secure resources for quake relief
The plan the government proposed >>> Raising consumption tax from current 5% to 8% for a limited period (three years).
[Apr.23] Micky Mouse appears at an evacuation center and makes people happy!!
He brought a lot of stationery with him and took photos with children (^^).
[Apr.24] Motorcycle gang team in Ibaraki pref. breaks up to work for the disaster relief
Motorcycle gangs are called “boso-zoku” in Japan. (For more info from wiki, check THIS out. The leader of this boso-zoku in Ibaraki, which is an area hit hard by the disaster, swore, “we have caused lots of trouble in the past, but from now on we would like to start working as volunteers for the disaster relief effort.”
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