On March 11th, 2011 Japan’s northeast coast was hit by a devastating earthquake causing damage with a tsunami, fires, nuclear reactor explosions, and blackouts. As rescuers dig up bodies and engineers struggle to prevent a nuclear catastrophe, the official death toll rises to nearly seven thousand people, with even more reported missing and hundreds of thousands remaining homeless. The already sluggish Japanese economy has been hit hard, as public transportation and electricity disruptions continue.
I’m not on an expert on nuclear technology. I am neither a seismological expert nor a specialist in crisis management. I can only attest to one thing based on my personal experience in Japan, and that is to the grit, resilience, and decency of the Japanese people. Many have asked why there has not been any looting in the aftermath of the earthquake, and why desperately hungry people orderly line up for food. It is said that true human nature comes out in extreme situations, breaking loose from the chains of society. Well folks, you are now witnessing true and unique Japanese bio-psychosocial nature, and it is quite different from all us other humans even though we are all one species. I can promise to you that Japan will come out of this crisis stronger, and continue to contribute to the world with their technological ingenuity and their message of humility and respect.
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