Economic polar opposites, Japan and Haiti couldn’t be more different, except for recent catastrophic events that have left large numbers of their respective populations without the most basic of life essentials; food, water, clothing, shelter and emergency health care.
Japan has a robust economic structure whereas most Haitians live in the depths of poverty. Now it seems as though Japan has not reacted in helping affected victims as the economic powerhouse it technologically is purported to be, but much more bureaucratically mired as the Haitian and US government according to recent reports.
News agencies are reporting that in the worst regions of destruction and deaths the Japanese government has been painfully slow in responding with food, heat to shelters and fuel, due to a “fondness for red tape.” There’s nothing like hindering emergency aid because of government licensing & permit issues, causing supplies to sit in Japanese warehouses. (Reference)
Seems as though Haiti, Japan and the US governments all react much the same less-than- perfect way when it comes to epic disasters, whether developed or under developed infrastructures can and do worsen peoples suffering- New Orleans residents learned this, as did Haitians and Japanese folk will too.
The months and years to follow will provide evidence enough whether Japan’s government will adequately or equally do what is necessary for its displaced citizenry or prove it as incapable as all others continually do.
The Red-Tape can be cut short by following a simple plan for providing these needs in a most effective and swift manner-