Message from Japan Spokesperson, World Food Programme

shekhar –

I grew up in Japan. I m accustomed to earthquakes. But nothing could have prepared me for this one. It was the first time I saw buildings in Tokyo actually sway back and forth.

I watched live TV coverage as the tsunami swept away entire communities. It was like a horror film, but these are real people  thousands are dead, thousands more are missing. In one city, nearly half of the population is still missing.

And now we’re gripped with the fear of radiation from nuclear power plants. It’s a real-life nightmare.

In the past, Japan has helped the World Food Programme respond to some of the worst disasters around the world. Now, when my country is coping with its own tragedy, I feel proud to stand united with Japan to help people in need.

I m deeply grateful for the outpouring of support from all over the world. Thanks to the generosity of friends like you, in just 36 hours we raised all the funds we require for our operation in Japan. Thank you.

Amid the devastation left behind by the earthquake and tsunami, transporting goods is an enormous challenge, but families remain in desperate need of emergency supplies and WFP is providing its expertise to make sure those supplies are delivered quickly.

As the lead logistics agency for the United Nations in emergency operations, WFP has decades of experience in delivering food and other relief items in the most difficult environments.

It will take a long time to recover from this disaster. But, between the heroic rescue efforts coordinated by the Japanese government and the incredible support of the international community, I know well get there.

Thank you for the role that you are playing.


Yuko Yasuda

Japan Spokesperson
World Food Programme

The World Food Programme (WFP) fights hunger worldwide, saving lives during emergencies while building a better future for the next generation. WFP is funded solely by voluntary donations.World Food Programme

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21 thoughts on “Message from Japan Spokesperson, World Food Programme

  1. Sir, The entire world has learnt a lesson from this earthquake and tsunami in Japan. It was the greatest test of resolve of Japanese government and people much more than that the value system of Japanese people has opened the eyes of the world about ethical ways in which people have remained united in grief and tragedy. I am sure Japan will have tremendous goodwill from all over the world and Japan will be on its feet in shortest time. I have made requests to peoples in Governments to think of providing safe land for Japanese Industries around the globe. It may be a noble gesture if Japanese colonies can be set up so that people and economy does not suffer as it has now. Also the world economies do not suffer because of one disaster like this. We live in an integrated world so let us share our resources with japan and give them safe land. It is impossible to bear a 1000 earthquakes a year. Let us think positively and deeply for relocating part of Japan.

  2. I wish 2 express my opinion on ‘Irritable Bowel Syndrome’, which is caused by ‘Radiation thru Air’ &
    its at the initial stages in #JAPAN ! without, any panic medical & health services shd b pressed into
    service 2 Mankind !! the symptoms ‘r’ : Nousia, Vomiting, Motions, Constipation, Body ache, Feverish,
    Respiratory disorder, Skin discomfort, Dermititis etc.etc. & also, make sure ‘solid food’ intake 2 b
    avoided 2 prevent from contaminations !!! Life of all the Citizen’s is precious & so is #JAPAN !!!!
    Chandra Shekhar , @BrooklynTea , INDIA

  3. Watching news I am so amazed by courage, compassion, patience, dignity, grace and sense of community Japanese people are showing. We all can learn a lot from them, God bless them !!!!

  4. In this fine-tuned world you get what will further your spiritual evolution (all evolution is a move towards spirit).

  5. Suffering may be physical, emotional, mental or even spiritual depending upon on which rung of evolutionary ladder you are.

  6. My heartfelt condolences to the people of Japan and thanks for this post – thoughtful as usual. I have posted this link on my FB – and think the WFP link is worth mentioning on everyone’s blogs and on twitter.

  7. Well said ***Mr. Malhotra***

    But I wonder if greed of this world can really make this happen…
    They will be on a seat of a different order of exploitation apart from being exploited by nature itself!

  8. It seems to me soon we would forget Japan. War in Libya seems to me far more ominous. Read more at my blog.

  9. nature has own law……….hum kitne bhi develop kyoun naa ho jayen
    nature ka chota sa bhi badlaav hamain waapas dakhel deta hai…….nature kabhi khoobsoorat hai to kabhi……………bhanayak

  10. justbe:
    one way to look at it, insight too is thought, except that it carries with it the perfume of a deeper, intuitive & maybe self realised and felt relationship. nonetheless still an attachment you are interested in holding onto, protecting its sanctity . in the end only as illusory or real as you take the next thought to be.

    i would peel backwards into your question and stop at ‘what is difference’?
    – if observed from that still place it is then seen, differentiation is all there is to consciousness. justbe:)

  11. if india would have gone through this, by the funds from different organisation across the world the biggest scam would happen in the history the tsunami scam

  12. we pray for the japanese remained calm and courage….. wish the swift and effective measures to shield the radiation be established…

  13. how does one really differentiate an insight from a thought?
    it may be said that one just knows observing from that still space….but how can one actually differentiate from that still space?

  14. get to the root, find out the ‘one’ who wants to differentiate..and then see if that question holds water..look for the seeker of this question or any other..and then check to see what remains of the question…until then any answer however ‘insightful’ it may seem will provide temporary satisfaction if any…temporary, relative and transient, that is the nature of mind.

  15. another way to look at it, an insight normally would hold the potential to disturb,question, unsettle an established pattern of thought, the samskara. hence making it attractive to hold onto as a more important thought than the rest… since they seem to untie knots, allow for some fresh perspective to set in, they may seem more sacred for a while…but it will be seen eventually as thought…
    difference only appears to the one who looks for it. Look for the ‘one’ and see what happens.

  16. I consider a thought to be quite wordy usually trying to describe something whereas an insight may not have any words. Thought can occur in a narrow or haphazard space, insight in a much broader or deeper space. Thought can go on and on, insight for a few eye-opening moments. Then again how can one differentiate between a deep thought and an insight. I think insight happens when we are actively looking for something, be it the meaning of forgiveness or a lost pair of glasses!

  17. here’s an interesting article that came in HT today…some of u will enjoy to read…i ve done a slight editing primarily to make it short…

    Thank you Afridi
    Theres a lot to be said about the World Cup, especially our match against India. And it has a lot more to do with Misbah-ul-Haq and Umar Guls bad luck, and Sachin Tendulkars good fortune. Cricket speaks to our nation in a way our government never has. And Shahid Afridi addressed the nation in a way our president never has unselfish, genuine, modest. So when Afridi apologised to Pakistan, millions listened and were humbled by the gesture. Our eyes were filled with tears and our hearts with love and a strange kind of sorrow.

    The funny thing about cricket is that it can unite the nation through a victory or a loss. It would have been wonderful to go out on the streets and celebrate with dhols, as we did when Pakistan won the Twenty20 Cricket World Cup in 2009. But even after our loss on Wednesday, the people of Pakistan, in their state of disbelief, came out and shared their sorrow. Like celebration, misery also loves company though in a different way. Cars on streets, people driving around slowly, quietly, patiently. No honking, no cursing, nowhere to go, nowhere to escape. It was surreal. This only goes to show what cricket means to us and the massive void it fills for our nation.

    So again, Afridi, your apology is appreciated but not needed. You conducted yourself with patience, grace and dignity, encouraging your own with a smile, and congratulating the opponents with an even bigger smile. You didnt win the semi-finals, but you won our hearts. Thank you for showing the world we are not an aggressive nation.

    To Pakistan, I propose this: if theres anyone who needs to apologise, its us. So to Afridi and the team, I apologise for the pressure I put on you to win the World Cup. It comes from my own shortcomings. So lazy and so cowardly am I that I am incapable of creating for myself a reason to celebrate Pakistan. Since as far as I can remember, my patriotism has tenaciously clung to cricket. It is unfair. I know.

    To those Pakistanis who thought this was a match between Hindus and Muslims, Im glad India won. This was never a battle between nations, or a jihad against Hindus. It was a semi-final cricket match, and if a loss is what it took to be reminded of this then Im glad we lost. Victory would have only made you gloat over something you had done wrong all along. However, if there was one thing I was relieved to discover it was that we dont hate India. We may hate America, but we dont hate India. No burning of the Indian flag, no bitter remarks, no threatening reaction. Just healthy competition and a pure love for the game.
    So we dont hate India.
    In fact, we hate Asif Ali Zardari. What pleased me even more were the numerous text messages and Facebook statuses I came across that poked fun at Zardari. My personal favourite is, We congratulate India on winning the semi-finals. As a goodwill gesture, India can keep Pakistans prime minister. And if it wins the finals, we will give our president too. Ahhh, Zardari jokes. They never get old. Hes our scapegoat now. Its his fault we lost. Somehow.
    Its time we stopped asking of our cricketers something we should have been asking of ourselves. Or our government. Lets find ourselves a reason to celebrate Pakistan, and let cricket be a sport, not an identity. If we all just took a little responsibility, maybe our beloved team can finally approach the pitch as cricketers, not as soldiers entering the battlefield. We owe it to them. Welcome back, boys!

    (Maheen Sadiq from Pakistan wrote this article for the Pakistan Defence Forum before the India-Sri Lanka final.)

  18. Evolution moves on two legs: one and deeper leg represents quantum jump, sudden change, insight, intuition, mutation and hence inwards and usually breaks a previous status quo; the other leg represents gradual change over this sudden mutation. These gradual changes first happen mentally (through thoughts) and then physically through bodily manifestations or changes.

    First we make a quantum jump to a new higher level/state. In this in other words our ‘I’, our ‘soul’ has thrown an anchor at a new higher level. Then we reorganize our mind and bodies respectively at that new level/place. The first we can do only through insight, the second only through gradual change, first through thought and then through corresponding body changes.

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