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Japan Earthquake (2) EU’s Disaster Relief Efforts

As of 14th March, 20 EU member states have offered to help Japan through the European Civil Protection Mechanism: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Slovakia, Spain, Finland, France, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Luxemburg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Followed by the request from Japan, blankets, mattresses, water bottles/tanks and water purification units have been provided through this mechanism.

Offering their condolences to Japan, David Cameron called the earthquake as “a terrible reminder of the destructive power of nature”; and Nocolas Sarkozy also raised a set of concerns of the safety of nuclear facilities and energy choices although he stressed that France continues to use nuclear energy as an essential component of her energy independence and the fight against greenhouse gases.

As Paul Blustein states in Washington Post, now that Japan is construed as an unsafe country for tourists, economic and psychological damage are huge. Having said that, I do hope that the EU can help Japan recover as soon as possible using their disaster relief experiences in both Indonesia and Haiti.

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