Iwate JET post

I grabbed this off of a friend on facebook about what’s happening in Iwate.

By Gasing Yu

It has been several weeks since the disaster in Japan struck, but the effect it has still lingers. It is true that the nuclear disaster in Fukushima has dominated the headlines and has overshadowed the plight of those on the tsunami ravaged coast. It is important for us not forget about the survivors. Many are still without homes, power, running water, heat, and other basic necessities. Many people are donating their time and effort to bring goods and services to these people and help instil a sense of normality to their daily lives.

One company that is doing their utmost is多田自然農場 (Tada Shizen Noujyou), a small organic farm based in Tono City, Iwate Prefecture, specializing in dairy products. They are involved in many volunteer activities in Kamaishi City including: bringing water and foods to refugee centres, post-tsunami reconstruction, and providing daytrips for survivors to public baths and restaurants further inland in Towa and Tono cities. I went with them to Kamaishi to help with the cleanup, and I also learned more about the services they provide to refugees.

To learn more about what they are doing to help, please check out their blog at http://tadanaturalfarm.blogspot.com/. It is available in Japanese, English, Italian, and Spanish. Their company web page can be found at http://www.lascaux21.com/tadanojo/index.html.


2 thoughts on “Iwate JET post

  1. Like in New Orleans and Haiti and now Japan, the homeless get pushed aside. I feel Japan might be overlooked because of a couple of reasons. Japan has always been considered an affluent society so people may think they don’t need the help as much as you can take care of yourself. The other reason might be the threat of radiation. The last decade I have been involved with a mega church that always sends teams into the disaster areas to help but as of yet I haven’t seen them set up a team to go to Japan. I am hopefully that things will get better.

  2. I’d tend to agree that because it’s an affluent country that people think it will be ok. But, that being said, there have been teams that have been sent back to their own countries. Specifically, a British one, went to the British embassy in Tokyo and was told they weren’t allowed to get passes into the region. There was an 80km radius ban on all foreign government soldiers for awhile and Japan, hasn’t actually asked for any aid yet either. Only recently have they allowed an international group to come in and assist with the reactors. It’s a very Japanese way of thinking. That paired with the language and cultural barriers, I think has deterred groups from going over or helping. I myself haven’t even found a way for foreigners to go over. It is a country of over 125 million people, so it’s not like they’re lacking man-power.

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