Honestly if the actual figures from a questionnaire from Nikkei Shimbun reflects the solidarity Japanese style, I am shocked and disappointed about the lack of involvement for fellow Japanese in need. The Great Eastern Japan earthquake shock the whole world and a rather large amount of donations was raised. Furthermore still many people from abroad and in Japan are active in helping others in need. Why am I so shocked? Simply because out of the 618 respondents to the Nikkei Shimbun questionnaire the most common amount given with 31% was between JPY 1001 and JPY 5000. Or what shall I say about the second rank of 29% with an amount of up to JPY 500!?
No plans to give money: 5%
up to JPY 500: 29%
JPY 501 to JPY 1000: 18%
JPY 1001 to JPY 5001: 31%
JPY 5001 to JPY 10,000: 9%
more than JPY 10,001: 8%
For those who wonder on how much I had personally given: It is for sure more than the top share. I do not have an explanation on why the size of the donation seem so shockingly low in Japan. My only hope is there is a not presented part in this overview of large share be personal direct involvements, volunteering or other non-financial support. It truly hurts my heart to see this figures.
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