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Ask a favor of contributions for Japan Answered

Dear Instructables,

This is Jo (id: jojporg), a colleague of FabLab Japan.
We'd like to ask you to suggest us some outstanding works for current Japan.
As you might be know, we are not in very good condition right now with earthquakes (just have another big one right now).

For the situation, we already have OLIVE
a wiki with designs / food / ideas created in the earthquake stricken areas

We think some of "Instructables" should be quite helpful/useful for us,so it would be great if you could put your "instructables" for the wiki.

We could do translations, so please do not hesitate to write in English.

Any help is welcome.

Thank you in advance for all of your help.

Best regards from Japan.

JO, Kazuhiro
Assistant Professor
Art Media Center, Tokyo University of the Arts
12-8 Ueno Park, Taito Ward, Tokyo 110-8714 Japan
Tel. +81(0)50 5525 2473


Hi, All,

Thanks for all of your comments.

We've got a list from Randy (instructables / F.A.T.) for our request.

please take a look for our website > Fab For Life

We appreciate if you could continue to suggest us your practical instructables.



It's my opinion that the government should have the money and resources to deal with this (being general-knowledge that earthquakes & tsunami occur around Japan).

What specific needs have you identified that might be addressed here?


They were ready for the 'quake, but not for the tsunami that scraped whole towns off the map. Did you see the reports of 2000 bodies washed up on beaches? Of 10,000 people missing from a single town?

They may have the financial wherewithal to deal with this, but they need direct physical help to deal with the crisis.

What specific needs do they have (that require external assistance)?


Off the cuff, I don't know - it depends what exactly was lost.

It could be as simple as teams to help re-connect severed utilities to allow organisation to become more efficient, or it might be medical staff.

The response of a lot of people seems to be to send funds to the Red Cross to be used in relief work (medical care, shelter etc)

My thinking is, something like "yes we can feel a need to help, but surely if help is needed the government can ask and pay for it?".
I don't see a severe need for external assistance, but I don't know all that much about it.


(need to research what the hell is going on at the nuclear power plant)

Why should they *have* to ask for it before receiving help?

It has been established that the wrong aid can cause as much harm as no aid.

For instance, sending in a load of items that could be sourced locally to the disaster wastes time and money (transport), and can cause the collapse of industries local to the disaster.

Better to send money to experts on the ground, let them determine what to spend it on.

Oh, I agree - I mean why should they have to basically apply for aid before receiving any help at all (primarily I did have money in mind).

You may not realise this, but I do really like you. I don't like bickering over things.
I'll apologize for anything (that I should) but I don't like people feeling bad about me.


I'm not Mr Tickle, my arms won't reach.


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Aww. I don't feel bad about you...sorry if my tone (wrongly!) conveyed that I do/did. :)

Japanese officials say it's stopped getting worse, they think (I kind of don't believe them, given their history on this type of thing...). But it's still quite bad, unfortunately - the last update I read was that they're still desperately pouring water on exposed fuel rods, and aren't sure they can get the pumps back up and running.

According to the Daily Mail, it's a small-scale Armageddon...


That's exactly what I said - find out what they need, and supply it, or send cash to the Red Cross.

:) See my comment below - this is an example of the comment bug. I actually typed out a whole separate reply (not worth rewriting; to the effect that I'm a bit leery of the Red Cross given the post 9/11 debacle and similar, but that the solution definitely isn't to not give, it's to do your homework and decide for yourself - as best you can - where you think your money/other contribution will be most likely to be appropriately used).

Another example of the comment bug! Precisely what I did:

A) Replied to lemonie at 2:19 PST
B) Did not refresh the page
C) Typed up a reply to Kiteman about the Red Cross and hit submit
D) Comment bug!

Chromium 10.0.648.127 (76697) Ubuntu 10.10

It happens in MSIE and occassionally to FF too. I normally repost and delete the original....the act of deleting seems to "refresh the screen" (so I don't have to ;-)

That's lovely, but did the US need the money?
Do I remember people complaining about the government over that disaster?

Sympathy is appropriate, but cash to the US (your link) seems a bit "not-right" to me. (a billion isn't that much really)


>That's lovely, but did the US need the money?

Let see. It was the costliest natural disaster in US history. Taxes were raised to the tune of $125 billion post-disaster, to pay for recovery/relief.

Yes, I'd say it was needed. Frankly, I don't understand what you are saying. That people should not donate money to disasters in other countries, but have a responsibility to donate sufficient funds to victims in their own countries to ensure that nobody from foreign nations need do so? That Japan doesn't need any help right now? That the Japanese people should be able to provide all funds, manpower, and supplies necessary for reconstruction/relief/recovery? I'm just confused as to what point you are trying to convey.

(Also, people rightfully complaining about FEMA's terrible mishandling of the relief efforts is not terribly (read: at all) relevant to whether donating money for relief efforts in Japan is appropriate or not.)

(Addenum which I forgot to include - replacing my first paragraph...)

Let see. It was the costliest natural disaster in US history (over $91 billion in today's dollars). Taxes were raised to the tune of $125 billion post-disaster, to pay for recovery/relief. It displaced a million people, in what's been called "the largest diaspora in American history."

Search our archives for any "third world" type low tech items that would be useful in "electricity absent" areas for starters.

I started to look for ibles that would be able to be geared towards recovery (like rain barrels for water collection, lamp and or candle makeing etc.) and post links in this forum topic. And if a few people did the same we could have a good size list. I was thinking this would be a good idea for a guide too. It wouldn't have to be spicific to only this problem in Japan, it could be a all around recovery guide for natural diasters. There is already a guide on rain water collection so that would be a good start to follow that with other themed ibles. What's everyone think?

.  The site linked toappears to be legit. I saw no requests for donations, so that's a big plus.
.  Give generously to relief organizations, but, as always, double- and triple-check before donating money to any organization you are not familiar with.