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March 15, 2011

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I found the sites below very helpful. They mainly argue that Japan is _not_ asking for aid right now and that our donations won't help. Also, a lot of charities are using people's kindness of heart to raise money in the name of Japan, even if it won't actually go there.

1) http://www.givewell.org/international/disaster-relief/Japan-Earthquake-March-2011

2) http://aidwatchers.com/2011/03/does-japan-need-your-donation/

Now, this is just my two cents, and I've been in a contrarian mood lately (forgive me), but even after this disaster, Japan will remain a really, really rich country, while people living in poverty around the world will continue to suffer daily deprivations and indignities. So we should really consider where to give our money, even if psychologically and emotionally it feels right to respond to natural disasters.

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