Target: Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda
Goal: Stop misspending earthquake and tsunami reconstruction money
In March 2011, Japan experienced one of its worst natural disasters in modern history, a 9.03 earthquake. Millions of dollars in financial aid flooded the country for relief and reconstruction efforts, but a substantial amount is being misspent on non-related projects. Tell the Japanese government to stop misusing the reconstruction money on projects falling outside the scope of rebuilding efforts.
It was a normal, bustling day in Japan on Friday, March 11, 2011. People were at work, kids were at school and many people were in their homes going about their everyday lives. Then disaster struck at 2:46 P.M. local time. A 9.03 earthquake, the largest magnitude known to ever hit Japan, caused widespread destruction and loss. Over 15,000 people died, more than 6,000 were injured and almost 3,000 went missing. Over 1 million buildings were damaged. The earthquake also caused a tsunami that resulted in several nuclear accidents.
Financial assistance started pouring in from all around the globe, with more than 100 million dollars in donations going to Japan. The government set up an earthquake/tsunami fund of 150 billion dollars to cover rebuilding efforts.
However, a little over one year later it has been discovered that about a quarter of the money has gone to other projects instead. Examples include: road-building in a distant city, subsidies for a contact lens factory, renovations for government offices in Tokyo, aircraft and fighter pilot training, and subsidies for whaling. There were 340,000 people who were forced to evacuate and leave their homes and 325,000 are still homeless or in temporary housing.
While many towns and neighborhoods still lie in ruins, the government is out mismanaging its reconstruction budget on unrelated projects. Betraying the public’s trust and also the donors that gave money, the Japanese government needs to have better oversight with its earthquake/tsunami fund. Sign the petition demanding that the Japanese government act responsibly with the remaining reconstruction budget and use it only to rebuild its nation.
Dear Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda,
When Japan suffered the devastating earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011, the world responded. Donations from individuals, corporations and countries worldwide were sent to Japan, but recent reports show that much of this money did not go to rebuilding efforts, but to unrelated projects instead. Please stop misusing the earthquake/tsunami fund money, which was supposed to be used to rebuild your ravaged cities and neighborhoods.
Suffering such losses and physical devastation really hit your country hard. But Japan is a great country, with great citizens and great leaders. I hope and believe that the Japanese government will remedy the mismanaged stewardship of funds and use the remaining money to rebuild its country and take care of its wonderful citizens.
Misusing the funds has prolonged the suffering and hardships of the thousands of people that were affected by the disaster. Please act responsibly and choose wisely any future projects to be funded with the remaining monies, knowing that your fellow countrymen are counting on you. Thank you for your time.
[Your Name Here]
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