THAILAND - JAPAN AFTERSHOCK REHABILITATION PROJECT
On December 26, 2004, Tsunami, the largest natural disaster in Thai history had hit the southern part of Thailand. The enormity of damaged area in six provincials; Krabi, Phang-Nga, Phuket, Ranong, Satoon, caused more than five thousand lives killed and may be over ten thousand homeless. Not only were victims losing their houses and a family members but also losing their income from the dramatically drop in Asian’s tourist market as considered their main money sources. It sweept many tourists out to sea and forcing the evacuation of several hotels and entrepreneurs. That was the first introduction of the “Tsunami” to Thai people, which will be a nightmare for those victims forever.
However, if we are looking as Japan; for example, the Tsunami or the natural disasters are not something new for their country and caused lots more damaged compare to Thailand. On the other hands, the number of waves hit came with the experience for Japanese to learn how to recover from such a painful disaster and live their lives with this rarely predictably wave.
From this point of view, as a good relationship country, as a same Buddhist religion, as a strong similarity in culture of great respected people and encouragement given, the exchange in experiencing the result of the wave should be taking place.
In order to emphasize on both rehabilitation of the community livelihood and the Asian tourist market, we shall invited Japanese, in any generation, to the affected area to solve the problems. First they can culturally share the traditional way of living with their nightmares. Second when they return the hometown they can act as representative to attracted Japanese to visit Thailand.
To recover the mental condition of Tsunami victims.
1.To help Tsunami victims in Thailand who need morale and encouragement.
2. To help recovering the communities way of living.
3. To exchange the necessary information and culture in order to tightly the relationship between Thailand-Japan.
4. To promote country's readiness in recovering of the tourist attractions where were affected by Tsunami.