CH (88): Helping the Rich, How?

Tsunami yang melanda Jepang tidak saja membuat binggung bangsa Jepang, tapi juga bangsa-bangsa lain. Binggung bukan saja karena imbas perekonomian yang ditimbulkan, namun karena tidak tau harus membantu apa? Menyandang predikat negara dengan perekonomian tertinggi ketiga dunia, pengusaan teknologi, serta karakter masyarakat disiplin dan teredukasi dengan baik, tentu membuat binggung negara-negara lain yang ingin membantu.

Masalah tersebut menjadi tema debat yang menarik di Room for Debate New YorkTimes Online, 16 Maret 2011. Tujuh orang memberikan pandangannya.

Stacey White, peneliti senior di Center for Strategic and International Studies Program on Crisis.

“The standard thinking of the global humanitarian aid machine does not apply to Japan…We must remain continually aware that this is a Japanese disaster and has to be met with a Japanese recovery. From the cleanup of cities, to the design of community development projects, to the innovation of new and even better disaster-preparedness measures, the work must be led by the Japanese themselves”.

Michael Austin, Direktur Studi Jepang di American Enterprise Institute, pernah menjadi Associate Professor of history di Yale.

“What Japan needs is clear: emergency supplies, and lots of them…The U.S. will have to deal with a Japan that will be focused inwardly for years.”

Joel Charny, Wakil Presiden untuk Humanitarian Policy and Practice di InterAction, an alliance of U.S.

“The human cost of this disaster is immense, and the heart-felt response of the American people is in keeping with a long tradition. Identifying and supporting U.S. organizations with the ability to be partners with capable Japanese ones is the most effective way to express care and concern.”

Katsuhiko Shiral, Profesor bidang Artificial intelligence, mantan Rektor Universitas Waseda.

“…we urgently need the advice and expertise of nuclear scientists from around the world…”

Patrick McKenzie, Pemilik usaha pembuatan software di Ogaki City, Jepang.

“…Japan needs help from the U.S. military and nuclear experts, and less from individuals’ charitable aid…”

Takashi Inoguchi, Rektor Universitas Niigata, Profesor Emeritus Universitas Tokyo.

“…To help Japan to recover from the worst disaster in its modern history, it is not too soon for the international community to think of ways to help the young people who have lost loved ones and who face the prospect of living alone and an uncertain life ahead…”

Atsushi Koresawa, Direktur Eksekutif Asian Disaster Reduction Center di Kobe Hyogo, Jepang.

“…a trust in our society’s resilience…”

Dominan dari pandangan di atas mengatakan bahwa, Jepang sebenarnya tidak membutuhkan bantuan secara materi, tapi lebih ke ahli-ahli, terutama dalam masalah Nuklir. Walau tampaknya, terkesan lumayan “sombong”, namun kita patut memahami bahwa itulah Jepang. Tentu kita tidak akan lupa bagaimana mereka mampu membangun negeri yang hancur akibat Perang Dunia II, hingga menjadi salah satu kekuatan di dunia. Jepang memiliki cara sendiri untuk bertahan, dan saya yakin Jepang akan tetap berdiri.

Lalu apa yang bisa saya lakukan untuk Jepang? I’ll keep praying for Japan, karena saya percaya mereka sangat membutuhkannya. (sfm).

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