posted on Mar, 23 2011 @ 08:52 AM
I read on CNN and Time last night that aid is not reaching the victims of the disaster quickly because the famous (or infamous) Japanese bureaucracy
has delayed, if not outright forbidden, aid from being shipped and/or airlifted to the affected areas.
Here's a link to the story on Yahoo:
"One major bottleneck has been Japan's fondness for red tape. "In special times, you have to do things in a special way," says Kensuke Kobayashi,
an IBM employee in Tokyo who has tried to organize relief efforts to Tohoku from the Japanese capital. "But in Japan, there is a legal wall that
stops everything." Japanese shipping company NYK offered to provide a container ship for helicopters to land on when ferrying in relief supplies to
coastal areas, but the government rejected the offer because the NYK shipmates lacked the proper licenses to help with such work. After some
wrangling, volunteer foreign doctors were told that because they didn't have Japanese medical licenses, they could conduct only the "minimum
necessary medical procedures" in the disaster zone."
In the same article you find that organized crime once again is coming to aid the victims, just like they did in the Kobe quake. They do this because
in a quote from the article: "Indeed, one of the first organizations to start relief convoys in the northeast was none other than the yakuza,
Japan's famous gangsters. Unconstrained by reams of regulations, the underworld representatives, whose business tentacles extend to the trucking
business, simply started delivering aid on their own, without government approval."
To read more about the situation and the Yakuza:
What does that say about government when the SHTF?