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    Hi there,

    I came across a short, good and to-the-point article at aBlogToRead (title borrowed from them).

    Idea is simple - support Japanese companies by buying their products, including watches: Seiko, Casio, Citizen, Orient, Credor, Grand Seiko...

    Not sure if I can copy content from there, so link to the article for those interested: Want To Help Japan? Buy A Watch

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    Re: Want to help Japan? Buy a Watch!

    Ordered Seiko Stargate already. Should be on the way.

    Cannot help but notice the tragic irony that the case back motif is called 'tsumani'

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    Re: Want to help Japan? Buy a Watch!

    Great idea! I am on the verge of purchasing a Laco pilot's watch.. maybe I'll make it a Miyota movement instead.

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    Re: Want to help Japan? Buy a Watch!

    Seriously considering an Orient and a Mudman.

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    Re: Want to help Japan? Buy a Watch!

    Support your own country first.
    We all will be paying to help with the rebuilt.

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    Re: Want to help Japan? Buy a Watch!

    Sounds like a good excuse to buy that Casio GA100 I've been thinking about.
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    Re: Want to help Japan? Buy a Watch!

    Hmmm, I guess this makes up in some way for some incredibly (and to be fair I think unfortunately and accidentally) badly timed jokes on the last hourtime podcast.
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    Re: Want to help Japan? Buy a Watch!

    Quote Originally Posted by Janne View Post
    Support your own country first.
    We all will be paying to help with the rebuilt.
    When it comes to buying watches that not be easy. Unless you're Swiss. And I'm not sure they're usually the first to help out when it comes to international aid.
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    Re: Want to help Japan? Buy a Watch!

    I do not know either!

    My thinking was to support production (cars, clother, etc etc) in your own country. Then your country will be able to send help to Japan.
    Buying a Seiko wil only increase Seiko's profit, not do much helping those that lost so much....

    In fact I do not know how much forein help Japan needs. It is afterall a rich country.
    When Cayman got flattened by hurricane Ivan, it never received any help. The state, companies and individuals did it all be themselves!
    UK asked if they needed help, but got turned down.

    I hope my post is not seen as political.


    Oh yeah, the Headquarters for Red Cross is in Switzerland.

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    Re: Want to help Japan? Buy a Watch!

    Quote Originally Posted by Janne View Post
    I do not know either!

    My thinking was to support production (cars, clother, etc etc) in your own country. Then your country will be able to send help to Japan.
    Buying a Seiko wil only increase Seiko's profit, not do much helping those that lost so much....

    In fact I do not know how much forein help Japan needs. It is afterall a rich country.
    When Cayman got flattened by hurricane Ivan, it never received any help. The state, companies and individuals did it all be themselves!
    UK asked if they needed help, but got turned down.

    I hope my post is not seen as political.


    Oh yeah, the Headquarters for Red Cross is in Switzerland.
    Buying a Japanese watch does not do much for the country of Japan, except to earn greater profits for the Japanese watchmakers. Unless, of course, you purchase brand new watches and the watchmakers give a portion of their profits for the relief effort. In fact, if these very firms lost capital and infrastructure, they may need the money themselves. So, the real question becomes, "do you want to help support the Japanese watchmakers?"

    In terms of government donations, the US is the largest donor of foreign aid and relief. Of course, other governments give foreign aid relief as well. However, current production purchases do not directly support the current crisis in Japan. Past purchases, from which taxes are collected, are used for any current forms of aid. The alternatives are NGO's and non-profit organizations that directly support the relief effort, but I suggest researching how each dollar (or enter currency here) is used (e.g. administrative costs as proportion of each dollar and performance in terms of relief aid). Purchasing Japanese goods in general directly imported from Japan, or otherwise through middlemen/organizations would also allocate funds to the Japanese people in the medium-run, though the allocation as a percentage of profits vary from goods and organizations.

    I'm not trying to be a downer or to be political, but I'm a strong believer that one should be advised as to how best to help during situations like this.
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