After WWII (AKA “The Big War”) we literally rebuilt Japan. We financed and encouraged them to decimate our Entertainment industry, literally putting all the American TV and sound equipment manufacturers out of business. We helped them almost destroy our auto industry. We helped them create such a high standard of living that for all practical purposes, Hawaii is Japan’s Palm Beach and they own billions of dollars of American real estate.
Up until we fell in love with the Chinese Commies, Japan had an economy second only to our own.
My heart goes out to all those in Japan who have sufferred losses and are suffering greatly from lack of food, housing, water and potential nuclear contamination. I really hope you soon solve the problems of caring for your populace and rebuilding your Nation.
However, before I get on the band wagon telling all how they should give as generously as we do for 3rd world countries, I would like to remind all that Japan is the 3rd largest economy in the world, not a 3rd world country.
Hey Toyota, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Honda, Suzuki, Canon, Nikon, Sony, Yamaha, Isuzu, Kawasaki, Sansui, Panasonic, Hitatchi,and on and on and on… Open your vaults, sell some of your gold certificates, get stuff flowing into your country. Don’t bother with high level meetings to see if outsiders will be allowed to help.
Just get off your fat kawasakis and get moving.
How about showing the world what the 3rd largest economy is capable of?
Then, if you run out of money and resources, if you need more help, we are ready to pitch in.