Wednesday, 29 June 2011


It's bad form to blow your own trumpet, but Our Man is quite pleased with this article in Japan Echo. He wrote it all by himself, though is indebted to the underrated but startlingly able journalist Sophie Knight, who got the quotes that made the story sing. And it will be translated into Japanese and Chinese. Our Man is...

... chuffed.


datsun kildare said...

when you wriet like that us windowlickers can't recognise you...nice one.

Janne Morén said...

Interesting piece. I think the monk was a bit uncharitable though; most people, all the world over, stay where they are for their entire lives. And why would they not - that's where their social circle is, their relatives and their friends.

Staying put or leaving for Tokyo isn't really fight or flight. It's fight in one place, with your friends, neighbours and family for support; or a different kind of fight (a place to stay, a livelihood, a future) in an unknown place, all alone. That's not an easy decision.

Our Man in Abiko said...

I think the monk agrees with you, he just wanted to make the point that the stoical "we can take it" mantra that is the prevailing narrative in the Japanese press was not the reality.

Our Man in Abiko said...

And Dr DK, watch your spelling when your drunk.

Durf said...

Thanks much for the contribution. I'll give you another shout once we get you posted in the other languages (and when we send your honorarium to the JRC).

Armchair Asia said...

Chuffed? WTF is chuffed?

Can't you English speak English?

Andrew said...

Nice write up, good sir, and thanks for all your hard work on Quakebook.

Tangentially, I wanted to ask you if you have heard any further detail about the distribution of Japan Red Cross funds? I keep reading articles about how very little is leaving the coffers of larger aid groups, and this is obviously concerning to all of the people who donated via Quakebook or otherwise.

Perhaps the actual distribution of this generosity would help the victims to better fight for their communities? Correct me if I'm mistaken, of course.

Our Man in Abiko said...


Good points. First off, right from the beginning I wanted to do what I could and get any cash to the folk on the ground who could help. I didn't put much thought into it, other than the first name that popped into my head - the Japanese Red Cross.

This was the understanding right from the beginning, that's why everyone gave their time so selflessly. I can't change that now.

I'm hunting up exactly how many QBs we've sold and how much has been delivered to the JRC. They don't however earmark our funds for any particular project.

I'm still banging the drum for QB and trying to get more folk to buy the book for 2 reasons:

1. QB tells a valuable story of an event of massive historical importance.
2. To raise funds for the survivors.

The survivors still need help, so the money won't be wasted, but I will chase the JRC for a full accounting.

I promise.