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    US and Japan step it up.......actions to be proud of

    Japan raises aid to $500 million
    Decision follows U.S. pledge increase to $350 million



    TOKYO, Japan (CNN) -- Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi has announced his nation would offer $500 million in grant aid for the tsunami-stricken regions of southern Asia.

    Saturday's announcement makes Japan the single largest contributor in the relief efforts.

    Japan had previously pledged $30 million.

    The decision to raise Japan's funding level comes one day after the United States increased its aid to the region from $35 million to $350 million, which at the time was the largest contribution by a nation.

    The increase followed criticism that the initial amount was far from enough. (Full story)

    More than $1.5 billion has now been pledged by the international community.

    Aid has begun to reach tsunami victims in remote areas of Indonesia as a United Nations official says the death toll could grow from 138,000 to 150,000. (Full story)

    U.S. military helicopters Saturday dropped relief supplies into parts of Indonesia's hard-hit Aceh province virtually cut off from the rest of the world for nearly a week after a powerful earthquake and subsequent tsunamis claimed 80,000 lives in Indonesia.








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    Sometimes a little competition is a good thing.

    Sometimes a little protests etc are a good thing

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    Yeah - actuallly our military help is more important than money - money cant get the food and water to the people out in the field - an I will bet that tasking our military assets over the time to do this will add at least 50-60 mill on the tab - but certainly a good use of them IMO

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    How about the 200+ million that the private sector has donated?

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    Yep and Germany raised the fund from 30 million € to 500 million €, so about650 million $

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    I think it is bullshlt that people criticize the president for taking 2 days to make a decision on the issue and that even 350 million was not enough from the US.
    No one mentioned all the boats, helicopters and other miltary aid we delivered. Instead, they nitpick and complain that it isnt enough. Such total bullshlt.

    The U.S isnt obligated to hand out a certain amount of money to ANY and ALL provances that need it. Half the people in the places that got hit by the tsunami support al queda and can be seen wearing T shirts with Osamas face on it.
    I say Fvck giving aid to them if they wanna wear those shirts and wait for our money to arrive.
    Im sure Bush said the same thing and was advertly advised to just give the aid.

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    lol u r so full of !"§$"§%...nice generalization. besides that only a little part of sri lanka is muslim. that was really an arrogant, inconsiderate and dumb posting. well, u have time to edit it...

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    Australia too, they are the greatest donators.

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    don t want to be fussy, but no. aussies gov donated 100 million $.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ***xxx***
    don t want to be fussy, but no. aussies gov donated 100 million $.
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