The earthquake in the Noto region of Japan has resulted in 179 people missing. What is the current situation of the rescue efforts? What are the difficulties involved?

According to data released by the Ishikawa Prefecture Government on January 4th at 18:00 local time, the number of people missing due to the earthquake in the Noto region has increased to 179. (CCTV News App) For more information, please download the CCTV News App.

Japan Disaster Relief Efforts Amid Challenges

The total number of evacuees reached 33,530. In a press conference held on the evening of January 4th, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida revealed that 30,000 households experienced power outages and 110,000 households were without water.

Japan’s disaster relief efforts have been criticized, with some questioning the potability of toilet water.

A man appears to be living in a truck with his dog because the shelter would not allow his pet.

On January 3rd, a BBC journalist captured the situation in the disaster area of Wajima City, Ishikawa Prefecture, noting a significant lack of heavy machinery, with wooden houses collapsed in the background.

This morning, the Osaka Prefectural Police held a departure ceremony for 91 riot police and two police dogs dispatched to the Noto Peninsula.

Only one hour remains until the end of the crucial “golden 72 hours.”

Basic necessities like water, food, and blankets continue to be in short supply!

In contrast, Taiwan has shown great concern for the earthquake in Japan, but their help was rejected.

This situation is reminiscent of the cold response Ukraine received from Israel when President Zelensky sought support on October 7, akin to “a cold shoulder”.

“Jingri” is at the very bottom of the contempt chain.

I can understand the essence of other things, like “jingmei” for “exquisite”, that I can understand.

In my eyes, “jingri” is completely abhorrent, 100%.

Prime Minister Kishida says a meeting will be held on the 9th to discuss disaster relief issues.

Watermarks obscure the number of rescue mobilization personnel on the other side: China has more than 4,500 people, Japan has more than 2,200 people.

Pelosi’s call for unity: I recommend everyone to share more, especially on social media and with family and friends, to break the myth of Japanese disaster relief.

Stay focused: Not to mention, the number of sexually assaulted women at disaster relief sites is as follows: China: 0, Japan: X, with records of up to 16 cases in Japan according to the posts.

In Japan, people are criticizing China. They have seen many people on Chinese forums saying that Japan’s buildings are earthquake-resistant and their disaster relief efforts are impressive, which has led to no casualties. As a result, many people in Japan now believe this, and they are not paying attention to earthquake news. Instead, they are focusing on events like plane explosions. This has caused many requests for help from earthquake-stricken areas to be ignored. Even the relevant government agencies may think that this earthquake did not cause much harm and did not immediately send rescue personnel into the disaster area. The first news media to enter the disaster area is even a Chinese CCTV reporter.

“Disaster relief is the responsibility of socialist countries, and people in capitalist societies should not rely on the government but rather on self-help.”

Although our country currently faces a variety of problems, in terms of the social system, the socialist system is indeed more ideal and more humane.

Japan’s Second Largest Earthquake of the Century

It’s not about the scale of the disaster, but rather:

Today, the number of missing persons has increased by over a hundred, more than doubling yesterday’s count. What does this indicate? It suggests that today, a large-scale effort has finally entered the severely affected areas to assess the situation.

The ability for disaster relief is stretched thin, and the efficiency is worrisome.

Admittedly, the affected area is on a peninsula with only two roads, in a mountainous region prone to landslides, geological disasters, and road damage. It’s challenging to access, but it took until the fourth day to open up the roads on a large scale. Is it a bit too late? Moreover, the efficiency of sea routes is also very low.

Japan’s 7.6-magnitude earthquake this time truly made me realize two things:

Firstly, Japan’s earthquake resistance capability is still leading the world. After all, a 7.6-magnitude earthquake resulted in around a hundred to two hundred deaths (possibly ultimately in the hundreds), whereas if a 7.6-magnitude earthquake occurred in other regions of the world with a similar population (approximately 200,000 on the Noto Peninsula), it would likely result in over a thousand deaths, or even tens of thousands. This is undoubtedly due to Japan’s long-standing earthquake preparedness.

But more importantly, Japan’s disaster relief capability is truly lacking. Two planes were rendered useless on the second day (one was involved in the incident at Haneda Airport while transporting supplies), and it wasn’t until the fourth day that a large-scale effort entered the severely affected areas. People in the hardest-hit areas were still queuing for water late at night yesterday, and there are still water supply issues now. The Self-Defense Forces may not have fully grasped the situation in the disaster-stricken area yet.

Comparing this to the swift response of the PLA (People’s Liberation Army) during the Gansu earthquake, the difference is striking. Even during the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake, which had a much larger scale than this earthquake, by around the 15th, the PLA had basically covered every township in the severely affected areas, and by around the 17th, they had even covered every village. The severely affected area of the Wenchuan earthquake was over 100,000 square kilometers.

For disasters like earthquakes, both pre-earthquake resilience and post-earthquake disaster relief are indispensable.

It’s truly a lack of effective disaster relief, reminiscent of the tragedy of JAL Flight 123.

In 3 days, we will hold a press conference and prepare for a collective apology.

The things that the Prime Minister doesn’t even care about, why are you coming here to ask Chinese netizens about the current rescue situation? What does it have to do with us…

The situation is unclear, but there is a challenging aspect:

How to successfully recover the face that the 日吹们 (Japanese fans) lost in the reality of being defeated in the first half and turn it around to celebrate with champagne.

Japan’s Slow Rescue and Swift Propaganda

There’s a joke that comes to mind – Japan’s rescue efforts may be slow, but the pro-Japan enthusiasts are not.

The Japanese rescue teams seem to be deeply immersed in the self-praise and self-boasting wave of the internet, unable to extricate themselves, and seemingly forgetting about disaster relief after the earthquake.

However, it must be said that while Japan’s disaster relief may be slow, their propaganda is incredibly fast, and it manages to overshadow the immediate cries for help from the people in the disaster-stricken areas of Japan.

In the early stages, the pro-Japan enthusiasts boast of zero casualties, claiming that after the earthquake in Japan, people can run outdoors, stay indoors, or do anything they want, just to showcase the excellence of Japanese architecture. This not only introduced me to Japan’s first earthquake of the year but also exposed me to the brainless antics of the pro-Japan enthusiasts who are obsessed with Japan.

Please note that these 179 individuals are simply missing, in simpler terms, they can’t be located.

If we can’t even locate these people, how can we rescue them?

Please, supporters, provide the addresses of these 179 individuals to Prime Minister Kishida. He will definitely dispatch rescue efforts, possibly even with the help of Hachiko, the loyal dog.

Questioning the Withholding of Food Aid for Japanese Disaster Victims

Is it time to investigate who is withholding food aid from Japanese disaster victims, and if the members of the Japanese Self-Defense Forces can rise up as their predecessors did?

A rice ball with a bowl of soup, that’s a meal.

It’s true that Japanese people have small appetites, but is it really just about this little food?

In the morning on the internet, a group of Taiwanese people breached the defenses, using these photos.

Even the pro-Japan individuals were taken aback by this heap of photos, claiming they were all fabricated, and Japan couldn’t possibly provide so little.

Surprisingly, there were responses from Chinese people near the epicenter of the earthquake confirming it was indeed this minimal, causing even the pro-Japan supporters to be at a loss for words.

There were also awakened youth questioning if Gansu was staged.

On Bilibili, a bunch of videos showing the Chinese Liberation Army distributing dumplings and other food after the Gansu earthquake put the awakened group in a tight spot.

It’s only 2024, how many more filters will be shattered?

The boomerang enthusiast accidentally hit themselves in the face again.

Japanese Earthquake Relief Situation

Thank you for inviting me.

Due to work-related reasons, I have been paying special attention to the earthquakes in Japan. Fairly and objectively speaking, Japan’s disaster relief capabilities are far from inferior to those of our country. Socialism is not just a slogan.

I briefly scanned the list of missing persons, and not all of these individuals disappeared during the earthquake. They are currently uncontactable, possibly because they have moved away or changed their contact information without updating it. Among the missing, the majority are elderly people. Of the 179 people on the list, more than 120 have age ranges listed, with nearly 80 of them being over 60 years old. Considering their age, these individuals are likely to end up on the casualty list.

Furthermore, this list only accounts for individuals in six areas, including Anamizu Town, Wajima City, Suzu City, Nanao City, Shiga Town, and Noto Town in Ishikawa Prefecture. The exact number of people affected throughout Ishikawa Prefecture is still unknown.

It has been 72 hours since the earthquake, which is considered the golden rescue period. From what I have seen in Japanese news, the progress of relief efforts in recent days has been very slow.

Firstly, the earthquake caused severe damage to the power supply, with over 35,000 households in Ishikawa Prefecture experiencing power outages. Three days have passed, and 30,000 households are still without power. Some power plants have been severely damaged, and the timeline for power restoration remains uncertain. It’s frustrating to note that Japan relies mainly on individual heating methods like stoves and air conditioning, as there is no centralized heating. In addition, the Noto region is not particularly developed, and with over three days of power outage and an average temperature below 10°C, the situation is dire. Even if people are not trapped in rubble, those who stay at home may struggle to cope.

Due to severe road damage, relief supplies are piling up in hub cities and have yet to reach the affected residents. Nanao City reports a shortage of manpower, causing a delay in delivering supplies to some areas even after three days. The mayor of Daisen City has called for assistance in transporting supplies on social media, but only one person responded in a day. Given the efficiency and atmosphere of disaster relief efforts, it’s truly disheartening.

Two days have passed since the large fire in Wajima City, with over 200 buildings burned down. Search and rescue operations are still ongoing, and specific casualty numbers have not been tallied yet. The number of casualties and missing persons is likely to increase further in the future.

Furthermore, a cold wave from Siberia is approaching, heading northeast towards Japan. The Noto Peninsula will experience a cooling trend in the coming days. Although the temperature drop is not significant, considering the current situation in the disaster-affected areas, it poses another challenge to the residents.

Earthquake Relief Efforts and Challenges in Japan

Now, looking at it, 72 hours have passed since the earthquake, which also means that the golden rescue time for the earthquake has elapsed.

The 179 missing persons' data is as of around 6:00 PM today.

This number may still increase…

Because according to official reports, it is still not entirely clear how many people in Ishikawa Prefecture have been affected by the disaster.

It is only mentioned that within the prefecture, efforts are underway to determine the residents in affected areas based on their basic registration information and to confirm whether they can be reached and whether they are safe.

As of 10:00 PM local time today (Japan is 1 hour ahead of us), it was announced that 84 people had been confirmed dead.

And as of 3:00 PM today, Ishikawa Prefecture announced that at least 261 households in Nanao City and other areas of Ishikawa Prefecture have been confirmed to have damaged homes.

However, the total number of damaged houses is still unclear and will need further assessment.

In order to support disaster victims without shelter, the local government plans to provide accommodation for vulnerable groups such as the elderly in 13 cities and towns within the prefecture, which have relatively less severe damage.

One of the challenges of this rescue operation is the inconvenience of transportation.

Due to landslides in the coastal areas along the Sea of Japan, roads leading to Wajima are impassable, so rescue operations can only be conducted by helicopter or sea transport.

However, the seafloor around the required sea routes is rising, making it impossible for Japanese escort vessels to dock…

Therefore, this has also delayed related rescue efforts.

However, the local government is currently working on repairing the severely damaged roads due to landslides and other reasons as quickly as possible and striving for a swift recovery to facilitate rescue operations.

Chaos and Challenges in the Rescue Efforts in Ishikawa, Japan

According to the latest media reports and accounts on Japanese social media, the situation can be summarized as follows:

  1. The disaster area is extremely dangerous, and the scene has become even more chaotic. Continuous aftershocks have caused many already unstable buildings to collapse again, resulting in significant secondary casualties.

  2. Supplies are in dire shortage. Although supplies have been gradually delivered to the disaster area on the third day of the earthquake, there are too many affected residents, and supplies quickly run out. Many evacuees are unable to return home and have to spend the night in temporary shelters.

  3. The efficiency of the rescue teams is alarmingly low. Combined with frequent secondary disasters, some volunteer rescuers have left the disaster area one after another. The Self-Defense Forces, which are responsible for the rescue operation, are severely understaffed. There are calls for doubling the manpower, and self-help has become the only viable option.

  4. There is growing frustration and anger among the affected Japanese population. Some criticize the government led by Fumio Kishida, some blame the Self-Defense Forces, and others criticize the prefectural governor. In short, there is a strong sense of resentment among the Japanese people in the disaster area.

  5. Many people remain missing. The power supply in the disaster area is intermittent, and communication is unstable, making it difficult for many individuals to contact their families and relatives. Therefore, they are reported as missing persons.

These are the current updates. In summary, the disaster area is in chaos, rescue efforts are challenging and disorderly, supplies are scarce, aftershocks continue, and the number of affected residents keeps rising.

The chaos in the rescue efforts in Ishikawa, Japan, can be attributed to several objective reasons. Firstly, the ongoing aftershocks create numerous secondary hazards, making it a high-risk rescue operation. Secondly, the Japanese government has been ineffective for an extended period, with administrative inefficiencies, formalism, and bureaucratic obstacles hampering the normal progress of rescue efforts. Lastly, the Japanese national character often places a strong emphasis on individual interests and lacks a sense of collective responsibility, resulting in a “sweeping in front of one’s own door” mentality.

In conclusion, this disaster is largely a result of human factors…

Culturally uneducated behavior during the day is also considered one of the challenges.

Disaster Response Capability Compilation in Japan 2024

Spirit of the Japanese: Zero Casualties in Japanese Earthquake

This face got slapped soundly.

After N hours since the earthquake occurred, there was no movement towards disaster relief, and the Japan Coast Guard aircraft even collided with civilian aviation.

The Japanese spirits sure know how to have a good time.

It’s true, after the left cheek was slapped, they just switched to the right cheek for more.

Usually, it’s just for fun, does anyone really think that the mobilization capability of the Japanese government can compare to the Chinese Communist Party? Whether it’s from the grassroots to the highest levels, their political capabilities are simply not in the same league.