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This will make the difference: Japan is not Haiti ....or New Orleans for that matter
American Thinker ^ | 03/14/2011 | Errol Philips

Posted on 03/14/2011 6:59:53 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Japan is not Haiti ....

Here is what to expect in the coming months out of the disaster that has affected Northeast Japan:

How do I know .... I was living just outside of Kobe when the monstrous jishin (earthquake) hit in January 1995 and virtually destroyed the center of a major Japanese City killing 6,600 people covering a 20 mile swath. I was right in the middle.

Down the street from where I lived a 7 story apartment building ended up being 4 stories. My next door neighbor died from a collapsed roof.

When the quake hit, I thought it was a bomb going off.

Here's what didn't happen
:

There was no looting or breaking into food stores

There was no time for trying to blame anyone

There was no one cutting in the front of the line to get water

There were no calls to lawyers

Here is what did happen:


The people in the Kobe Area were not waiting around for a US Aircraft Carrier

The Military was deployed immediately to dig and search.

The Yakuza (Japanese Mafia) were the early suppliers of medical supplies and food (They had the connections and the means to get the material to the folks

Within days Temporary housing was being constructed all over the Area

Within days portable showers and toilet facilities were set up all over the Area

Within days, supermarkets were opened and the queues stretched endlessly as they could only let a few people in the stores at a time. There was no anger, yelling, blaming, looting, cutting in front

Within hours ... clean-up began by everyone .. students, teachers, seniors, yakuza, politicians. Everyone seemed to be contributing in some way.

As a foreigner, I was treated like everyone else .... 

Result
:

By the time I left Japan 4 years later, I would say 90 % of the entire City of Kobe had been rebuilt .... and consider that New York has been unable to erect a couple of building at ground zero now going on 10 years.

So like I said, Japan is not Haiti...nor New Orleans. They don't need us...that is not to say they would not be unappreciative of any assistance. Probably the best thing we can do is provide helicopters, portable medical facilities and staffing if requested and search sniffing dogs.



TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Japan; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: earthquake; haiti; japan; japanearthquake

1 posted on 03/14/2011 6:59:55 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Yeah, and the elephant in the living room: look at the predominant demographic in both N.O. and Haiti.


2 posted on 03/14/2011 7:02:26 AM PDT by RightOnline
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To: SeekAndFind

Well said ...


3 posted on 03/14/2011 7:03:53 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: RightOnline
Yeah, and the elephant in the living room: look at the predominant demographic in both N.O. and Haiti.

Shhhh....Eric Holder hear you dissing his people :)
4 posted on 03/14/2011 7:05:04 AM PDT by ThinkingBuddha
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To: SeekAndFind

Exactly as I figured. A technologically advanced country with an incredible work ethic. They’ll rebuild, We just have to supply emergency resources as needed!


5 posted on 03/14/2011 7:05:52 AM PDT by 2nd Amendment
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To: SeekAndFind

No - Japan is not Haiti...

Japan is a major player in the (already tottering) interconnected, intertwined, interdependent World Economy - and it’s not going to be participating at its accustomed level for some time to come...

As far as I’ve been able to find out, nobody has ‘gamed out’ what happens to The World Economic Order when one of its players is suddenly taken out of the game - but I’ll bet that it won’t be a good thing....

Inconsequential (in the Grand Scheme of Things) Haiti was a tragedy - but a local one.. Japan may very well be a disaster with Global ramifications....


6 posted on 03/14/2011 7:08:22 AM PDT by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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To: 2nd Amendment

Wealth. Wealth built on work ethic and commonality of culture.

There will be far fewer “secondary” deaths as a result of this disaster.

Quite the opposite of what the left would have for us here.
“Diversity” and grinding poverty for the majority and extreme wealth for the “ruling class”.


7 posted on 03/14/2011 7:10:55 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: SeekAndFind
I was in the Kobe quake as well. Just a few things I might add:

  1. There were scattered reports of looting in Nagata-Cho, the poorest and hardest hit area of town. The locals pried broken pipes from the rubble and took to voluntarily patrolling the area until the looters crawled back into the woodwork for good.
  2. There was scattered line cutting in the lines for water, but only by very reluctant elderly people who were moved to the head of the line by the other people waiting in line.
  3. Same thing for the lines in the markets.
  4. Even broken sanitary services were dealt with in a civilized fashion. People crapped on newspapers, carefully rolled them up and stacked them at central collection points where they could either be hauled away or safely burned.

8 posted on 03/14/2011 7:12:31 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: SeekAndFind

If Katrina had occurred in the 1950’s, the story would be very similar to the one above. The liberals are hell bent on turning us into Haiti or Somalia. The new deal, great society and unions are self inflicted 3rd world catalysts. But to add insult to injury we are allowing the most destitute, uneducated barbaric trash to immigrate here. Keep importing the third world libtards, we are getting closer and closer.

In the meantime, I am heartened to see that there are still places in the world where multiculturalism has not destroyed the fabric of the society. I will have to add Japan as one of my escape destinations when the U.S. becomes the largest 3rd world hell hole in the history of the world.


9 posted on 03/14/2011 7:19:54 AM PDT by coon2000 (Give me Liberty or give me death!)
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To: RightOnline

“Yeah, and the elephant in the living room: look at the predominant demographic in both N.O. and Haiti”

Shhhhhsh! Thats hate speech.


10 posted on 03/14/2011 7:20:45 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: 2nd Amendment
Exactly as I figured. A technologically advanced country with an incredible work ethic. They’ll rebuild, We just have to supply emergency resources as needed!

As with most major disasters, it isn't the long-term rebuilding that is the problem; it is the immediate needs such as food, water, shelter (it is still winter), basic necessities.

Those basics are what the 'early responders' can help supply, since many areas have been completely cut off from ground support and can only be reached by air. One of the early 'calls' was for more helicopters -- from whomever could supply them.


11 posted on 03/14/2011 7:21:18 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: Vigilanteman; SeekAndFind

Astonishing stories and thanks for posting.

I was talking about this yesterday with a friend who reminded me that although there are many entitlements in Japan there is no entitlement mentality and there IS an ingrained honor in the people.


12 posted on 03/14/2011 7:25:55 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: RightOnline
He nailed NYC as well.

In the good old days the Samurai would be out there lopping off the heads of any trouble-makers ~ which made cooperative behavior a necessary civic virtue.

13 posted on 03/14/2011 7:28:13 AM PDT by muawiyah (Make America Safe For Americans)
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To: SeekAndFind

Dignity and self reliance are predominant in Japan. Not so much in NOLA and Haiti.


14 posted on 03/14/2011 7:29:59 AM PDT by ConservaTexan (February 6, 1911)
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To: Uncle Ike
According to reports yesterday only 10% of the Japanese land-mass was affected negatively, and no factories were damaged.

There was damage to fishing infrastructure, shipping, and, obviously atomic power plants ~ which all seem to be co-located with massive quantities of water (the ocean) and not all that many people.

Electric power has been disrupted.

As disasters go this one isn't all that terrible. What is amazing are the hundreds of thousands of people who weren't killed.

15 posted on 03/14/2011 7:31:07 AM PDT by muawiyah (Make America Safe For Americans)
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To: RightOnline
Yeah, and the elephant in the living room: look at the predominant demographic in both N.O. and Haiti.

Very true. Japanese are proud of their country and will set about rebuilding it. The reactions of that predominant demographic in NOLA and Haiti were quite similar, weren't they?

16 posted on 03/14/2011 7:32:26 AM PDT by ScottinVA (God bless Gov. Walker and the WI Legislature!)
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To: RightOnline
Are you saying that somehow black people are genetically less capable than whites or asians?

The lack of self sufficiency in Haiti and NO has nothing to do with the amount of melanin in one’s skin and everything to do with cultural differences. You can travel to the Czech Republic and find the same dependency on government for everything. It's a mindset that is learned, not a genetic defect linked to melanin.

17 posted on 03/14/2011 7:35:45 AM PDT by Spudx7
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To: RightOnline

It’s because Japan is primarily Shinto(a generally peaceful belief that holds the old and ancesters to high regard) while New Orleans and Haiti BOTH have ALOT of VooDoo and Satanism which hold NO human on ANY type of regard.


18 posted on 03/14/2011 7:37:46 AM PDT by US Navy Vet
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To: Vigilanteman
People crapped on newspapers, carefully rolled them up and stacked them at central collection points where they could either be hauled away or safely burned.

Try finding that type of behavior in a large American city. Instead you'd find "it" all over the sidewalks.

19 posted on 03/14/2011 7:39:07 AM PDT by ScottinVA (God bless Gov. Walker and the WI Legislature!)
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To: Spudx7

“The lack of self sufficiency in Haiti and NO has nothing to do with the amount of melanin in one’s skin and everything to do with cultural differences. You can travel to the Czech Republic and find the same dependency on government for everything. It’s a mindset that is learned, not a genetic defect linked to melanin. “

Thanks for posting that.
It’s the culture, not the skin color that causes problems.


20 posted on 03/14/2011 7:40:16 AM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (Yes We Can, have smaller government)
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To: US Navy Vet
New Orleans and Haiti BOTH have ALOT of VooDoo and Satanism which hold NO human on ANY type of regard.

Beyond that... just inherently lazy people who demand others take care of their wants and needs.

21 posted on 03/14/2011 7:40:25 AM PDT by ScottinVA (God bless Gov. Walker and the WI Legislature!)
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To: ScottinVA

” Instead you’d find “it” all over the sidewalks. “

And, by some reports, in the hallways of the Wisconsin State Capitol Building....


22 posted on 03/14/2011 7:41:00 AM PDT by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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To: ScottinVA

Yep that too.


23 posted on 03/14/2011 7:42:25 AM PDT by US Navy Vet
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To: ScottinVA

As I scan the available videos and photos of this disaster I noticed how neat and clean the Japanese dress and keep themselves in the midst of rubble and ruin. Also, within a couple of days roads are being cleared and one can see a traffic flow picking up.

Organization, order, self-discipline to the fore, haven’t noticed any whining and griping, there is sorrow and much pain of course but they immediately start doing something-—like we used to do.

My neice and her husband has lived for years in Aomori (the town and Prefecture), power has been restored, other utilities are expected to be reestablished shortly, topography apparently saved them from much damage from flooding in their area.

No reports of lawlessness, looting and thuggery in the shelters either...


24 posted on 03/14/2011 7:44:17 AM PDT by brushcop
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To: muawiyah

Industry impact is yet to be determined given devastation and shutdowns called at larger corporations - but it isn’t the Osaka/Nagoya region. One of the major impacted prefectures was also a major rice source so could have longer term impacts not just on Japan but China as Japan has been a net rice exporter the last few years.


25 posted on 03/14/2011 7:46:36 AM PDT by reed13
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To: Uncle Ike

Japan has not been taken out of the game. Yet. The area most affected accounts for about 8% of Japan’s GDP and that translates into about 1/10th of 1% of Global GDP. It’s an immense personal disaster for the victims and a huge national disaster for the Japanese but I don’t think it spells global economic disaster.


26 posted on 03/14/2011 7:48:19 AM PDT by pgkdan (Protect and Defend America! End the practice of islam on our shores before it's too late!)
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To: reed13

A couple of heavy rains and the salt will be washed out of the soil and the rice will be back. The vegetables will take longer. No doubt Japan is going to be importing more food and exporting less.


27 posted on 03/14/2011 7:51:22 AM PDT by muawiyah (Make America Safe For Americans)
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To: brushcop
Americans still start to work immediately.

I suspect you don't live anywhere near a tornado touchdown zone. i grew up INSIDE one. Folks get out and clear things up within a few days.

28 posted on 03/14/2011 7:53:04 AM PDT by muawiyah (Make America Safe For Americans)
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To: muawiyah

I don’t think some of that land is coming back based on satellite photos I’ve seen


29 posted on 03/14/2011 7:59:16 AM PDT by reed13
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To: SeekAndFind

The Japanese are an exceptionally resilient and industrious people who have been forging their way through similar disasters with great success for hundreds of years. I have little doubt that their efforts to rebuild will both astound and inspire efforts in Haiti and even NOLA.


30 posted on 03/14/2011 8:00:41 AM PDT by Caipirabob ( Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: muawiyah

When a tornado went through nw Arkansas at 10:30 p.m. a couple of years ago, many of the locals were out with tractors, chain saws, etc., clearning roadways, etc., by 11:30 p.m.

They didn't have time to wait a week or two for FEMA and FED approval.
31 posted on 03/14/2011 8:19:22 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: muawiyah

Yes, you are right of course. We lived for years on the lower Texas coast, went through several “near misses” with hurricanes (still caused damage, utility problems, etc.) and one direct hit and I’m glad to say the work/recovery ethic was still prevalent in our small town.

Basically a farming area, farmers brought out equipment from their damaged barns and equipment sheds and started clearing roads and debris without waiting for “orders” from anyone, they organized themselves into mini recovery teams.


32 posted on 03/14/2011 8:25:47 AM PDT by brushcop
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To: Spudx7

Very well said!

My aversion to the New Orleans ‘culture’ is just that, aversion to the culture, not the race.

Several years back, P.J. O’Rourke wrote a book comparing various economic systems called “Eat the Rich”. I’d really like to see a study comparing the cultural, economic and racial factors of peaceful, prosperous areas versus the basket cases of the world.

Race might be a factor but it is not the only factor nor the dominant one. The rural mountain people of Haiti work FAR harder than I ever will. The same can be said of a villager harvesting rice in southern Mali.

The question is, why does that rice farmer in Mali live in a society several magnitudes poorer than a small scale rice farmer in Japan. How do they compare to the owner of a mechanized rice farm in Louisiana?

“Inquiring minds want to know!”


33 posted on 03/14/2011 8:26:24 AM PDT by BwanaNdege
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To: TomGuy
clearning

That's Arkansawier for 'clearing and cleaning' or just a typo.
34 posted on 03/14/2011 8:28:01 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: SeekAndFind

Nobody seems to be talking about how wrong Obama was.

The oceans will heal and all that....


35 posted on 03/14/2011 8:29:32 AM PDT by Freddd
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To: RightOnline

>>>>Yeah, and the elephant in the living room: look at the predominant demographic in both N.O. and Haiti.

It’s not about demographics - it’s about ideology. NOLA & Haiti have things in common, that are different from Japan: Liberals ran NOLA. Haiti was run by a dictatorship. Japan is not. There’s your difference.


36 posted on 03/14/2011 8:32:27 AM PDT by Keith in Iowa (FR Class of 1998 | TV News is an oxymoron. | MSNBC = Moonbats Spouting Nothing But Crap.)
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To: HereInTheHeartland

When i was growing up in south in fifties, the black people would never act like the ones did in NO during katrina.


37 posted on 03/14/2011 9:03:28 AM PDT by ncpatriot
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To: TomGuy
Residential districts are usually a bit more difficult to deal with since you have to first find the bodies, then clear the roads so you can get the machinery in, and by then you'll find occupants sorting it out.

I did see a "farming area" near Martinsville, IN that got hit with an F-5/F-4 where there were so many snapped off trees they had the same trouble you have with urban residential districts.

Just over a decade ago we went out with a local Boy Scout troop to clear some downed trees after a huge ice storm we'd had. The roads were clear, but just figuring out what to do first was good question.

38 posted on 03/14/2011 9:13:47 AM PDT by muawiyah (Make America Safe For Americans)
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To: coon2000

[ I will have to add Japan as one of my escape destinations when the U.S. becomes the largest 3rd world hell hole in the history of the world. ]

It is already the #1 escape destination. If worse comes to worse I will move to Japan and work on farms for the rest of my days because they need farm labour there in the northern parts of the country.


39 posted on 03/14/2011 9:16:54 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: SE Mom
an ingrained honor in the people.

Proof that it only takes a couple of generations....given their absolute butchery during the thirties and forties, maybe Nanking got it all out of their system.

40 posted on 03/14/2011 9:27:47 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (It's not the Obama Administration....it's the "Obama Regime".)
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To: BwanaNdege

Good book idea, I’d be very interested in that as well.


41 posted on 03/14/2011 9:43:02 AM PDT by Spudx7
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To: Keith in Iowa

Have to respectfully disagree. It’s not at all about “ideology”; it’s cultural. There’s a huge difference. I’ll leave the rest to the reader’s imagination (peppered with our life experience).


42 posted on 03/16/2011 5:14:57 PM PDT by RightOnline
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