Land of the rising sum
They haven't asked for any money and it's unlikely they need any - even so, the Japanese have no choice; they are going to have the world's charity thrust upon them.
It's heartening that people want to show their support for the victims of the earthquake and tsunami by giving money to the likes of World Vision (which had raised HK$20 million in Hong Kong by Wednesday) and the Red Cross (HK$21 million), but Japan is no Haiti; it has the world's third-largest economy and it has been preparing for catastrophe for many years. The money could do far more good elsewhere in the world.
Japan can do without the cash, then, but it does need search-and-rescue teams, specialised medical help, communications equipment - and, apparently, a mawkish reworking of Danny Chan Bak-keung's Hot Choi. According to the Oriental Daily newspaper, Canto-pop queen Joey Yung Cho-yee has uploaded to the internet a video of her singing the evergreen hit to 'soothe the victims' sorrowful souls'.
Let's hope it works ...