Skip to comments.What are your impressions of Japanese and their society after seeing all the TV reports ? (Vanity )
Posted on 03/14/2011 2:01:54 AM PDT by sushiman
I've been here ( Japan ) a long time , so what I have seen does not surprise me : the people's resilience ; the community spirit ; the never give up attitude ; the discipline ; etc...I would love to hear what your impressions have been , watching from halfway around the world .
I haven’t watched TV in years.
But after reading all of these threads, I want to go to Japan for vacation to help their economy.
Don’t have the $$$ for it, though.
Very patient people. Maybe someone has seen looting and rioting, but I haven’t.
I have heard no reports of looting, and that alone speaks volumes.
An incredibly organized, disciplined, and honorable societal structure in stark contrast to what you see in other places (such as New Orleans)during similar tragic events. I had the pleasure of spending some time in Japan in the 90’s and look forward to returning some day. I wish the Japanese all the best as they recover from the devastation, which they will do through sheer will and determination.
I thought real disasters had people whining for government from their rooftops.
I worked with a guy who spent six years in Japan. As he described it....you just don’t see crime or looting in the rural areas of Japan at all. These are a very proud people who don’t allow punks to get out of control typically.
If this happened in the United States, millions of mind-numbed Obamatrons would be clamoring for a trillion-dollar stimulus.
Last I heard , Japan does not have a branch of NAMBLA .
We were right to drop the atom bomb on them in WW2. They would have fought to the last man otherwise. What a contrast to the “victims” of Hurricane Katrina who just sat on their bums waiting for the government to do something.
I agree about the bomb , and also with your comments re : contrast to Katrina .
I’ve been here 25 years , so what I’ve seen does not surprise me at all , obviously .
1. How are the people in Japan reacting to the catastrophe?
2. What would the reaction be if a similar event occurred here?
The general consensus I am hearing to question one is this:
1. The Japanese are remarkably self controlled and law abiding.
2. Their actions are governed by strong moral convictions and a sense of community.
3. These traits are probably the result of upbringing and culture.
The reaction to a similar event here in the states would vary greatly by region. In some areas the people would be remain law abiding and self controlled. They would try to help one another. In other areas of the country there would be massive looting, other criminal activities, and demands for government handouts. The difference in these two reactions are the difference in the upbringing and morality of the local inhabitants.
Hope all goes well for you and your family in Japan.
Everyone I am talking to is frustrated that there is not much we can do to help the people in serious trouble. But as for the resilience, the community spirit, discipline etc., I’ve been here so long I just can’t imagine Japanese people acting any other way.
I dont know about that
You've obviously never been there.
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