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Japanese: “We must endure” (ANTI-USA BARF ALERT)
Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 03/16/11 | Dan Simon vis Michael Sneed sneed@suntimes.com Mar 16, 2011 02:09AM

Posted on 03/16/2011 10:34:17 AM PDT by Chi-townChief

“Gaman-subeki.”

Translated from the Japanese, the words mean “we must endure.”

It’s these words the Japanese are using to describe the way they are dealing with the nightmare engulfing their country, according to an edited report by Winnetka native Dan Simon, 30, who has lived in Tokyo for the past three years.

“The Japanese people have responded to the situation with resilience and determination,” said Simon, a journalist who is now working for a public relations company. “They are hanging tough and proud of the way they have responded to the crisis. This is the Japanese way: continue on, do not give up and help each other.

“I live in Tokyo in the middle of the city and I think it’s important to note if this had happened in Chicago or in New York, I think we would have seen rioting and looting.

“But the Japanese people have a different way of doing things, and even though there is panic, they go about their lives in an orderly and polite way. There’s no overturned cars or riot police. It’s something that the Japanese people are very proud of. They’re saying they are very proud to be Japanese right now.”

Simon, a graduate of New Trier High School, has no plans to leave.

“In spite of several moments of panic, and the ever-present desire to flee overseas, I will follow the example of the Japanese and stay put.”

Although Tokyo has been relatively safe, hours after Simon dispatched his message to Sneed, the city was hit by three more aftershocks at 8:30 a.m. Chicago time Tuesday.

“One was a 6.0 on the Richter scale,” said Simon, who’d recently been on his home computer “watching a streaming Internet video of someone with a Geiger counter in nearby Chiba. But I’m not worried about radiation at all. From the information I’ve been receiving, it’s not something to really worry about in Tokyo. There is some panic with people buying food and water — but people are still delivering pizza.

“It has been four days since the giant earthquake. When the quake struck, I was in my office on the top floor of a seven-story building. At first, it felt like the dozens of minor earthquakes I have experienced since moving here.

“I quickly realized, as did my co-workers, that it was no minor thing. I braced myself in a nearby door jam while the rest of my colleagues ducked under their desks. Our building swayed, heavy metal bookshelves and cabinets were knocked over and the walls cracked. We feared it was the “big one” that has been predicted to hit Tokyo for decades.

“On Sunday, I started carrying my passport and cash around with me. As the new week began, many foreigners fled the city. A vegetable vendor near my office said, “Food supplies are still strong from the southern and western parts of Japan. But in the northern areas, things are very difficult. But Tokyo is OK.”

Then he added: “But it does seem surreal, as if the real danger is looming just out of sight.”


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: japan; lefties; meltdown; nuked
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It never fails that these clowns like this Simple Simon cannot discuss the Japan situation without a couple of snotty cracks about Americans.
1 posted on 03/16/2011 10:34:25 AM PDT by Chi-townChief
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To: Chi-townChief

Huh? What’s not true about the statement “if this had happened in Chicago or in New York, I think we would have seen rioting and looting.”


2 posted on 03/16/2011 10:38:08 AM PDT by WL-law
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To: Chi-townChief

“if this had happened in Chicago or in New York, I think we would have seen rioting and looting”

I see it as being regrettably true.


3 posted on 03/16/2011 10:38:35 AM PDT by Cyman
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To: Chi-townChief

Do you mean “it’s important to note if this had happened in Chicago or in New York, I think we would have seen rioting and looting. “

You must have missed the dozens of Freepers making pretty much the same comment...


4 posted on 03/16/2011 10:39:13 AM PDT by PissAndVinegar
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To: Chi-townChief
“I live in Tokyo in the middle of the city and I think it’s important to note if this had happened in Chicago or in New York, I think we would have seen rioting and looting."

Did Simon forget about how selflessly and honorably New Yorkers responded after 9/11? Evidently.

5 posted on 03/16/2011 10:39:17 AM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: Chi-townChief

I think the culture that gave us Nanking and the Bataan Death March bears watching.

As far as looting goes, that’s a way of life for DemocRATs.


6 posted on 03/16/2011 10:39:44 AM PDT by Seruzawa (Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for good blaster kid.)
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To: Chi-townChief

this isn’t anti-US. this is anti-democrat/progressive.

i’ve stated the exact same sentiments about progressive run areas since katrina.

for the record... i am DISGUSTED at the response by the chump-in-chief


7 posted on 03/16/2011 10:42:48 AM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: WL-law; Cyman

Totally a—hole comment from Simon - where was the looting after 9/11 in New York or after the tornado disaster that come through the Chicago area every decade or after the Groundhog Day 2011 snowstorm?? Simon’s head is totally up his butt.


8 posted on 03/16/2011 10:44:12 AM PDT by Chi-townChief
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To: Chi-townChief
if this had happened in Chicago or in New York, I think we would have seen rioting and looting.

True enough. But it's more accurate to say that this is what you get when it happens in blue America. In red America it is much different. Compare the reaction to the flooding in New Orleans to the reaction to the flooding in Nashville.

9 posted on 03/16/2011 10:44:43 AM PDT by Teotwawki (To Him be the glory throughout all generations.)
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To: sten

Show me where he mentions Katrina?? He said “Chicago and New York.”


10 posted on 03/16/2011 10:45:53 AM PDT by Chi-townChief
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To: Chi-townChief

Let’s be honest, shall we?

Take a look at the way things happened in New Orleans during and after Katrina. If you are at all honest, these comments are right on the money. The truth hurts at times but it is still the truth.

I suppose that IF Japan had branches of the New Black Pampers Party, ACORN and the NAACP then they would likely have rioting, looting and general mayhem in the streets.

Your Community Organizer-in-Chief is largely responsible for the growing disaffection in the world for all things America. Afterall, he has thrown all of our friends and allies under the bus at each and every turn.

Only until we rid ourselves of Stroker and his minions and we install responsible adults that love this country, will things start to turn around.


11 posted on 03/16/2011 10:46:27 AM PDT by Howie66 (I can see November (2012) from my house.)
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To: Chi-townChief

Actually it’s quite true. And the looting did happen in New Orleans, also.

There’s always looting in blue areas. There ISN”T any looting in red areas. And we’re just not allowed to talk about WHY.


12 posted on 03/16/2011 10:47:52 AM PDT by I still care (I miss my friends, bagels, and the NYC skyline - but not the taxes. I love the South.)
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To: Chi-townChief

I love America, but must reluctantly agree that New York and Chicago (being centers of crime, incompetency, and welfare kings and queens) would most probably have riots.

And Chicago deserves extra special contempt for giving us what is probably the most corrupt, stupid, and inept idiot we’ve ever had for president.


13 posted on 03/16/2011 10:48:54 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Howie66

Again - show me where he mentions Katrina?? He said “Chicago and New York.”


14 posted on 03/16/2011 10:49:02 AM PDT by Chi-townChief
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To: Cyman

Very true and unfortunately when we know that so many belong to the moocher class it could very well happen anywhere in the USA.Just look at the discussions here about being armed incase of a complete crash a national emergecy like Japan has had would be exactly the same excpet you may not have your home to shelter in and have your stocked supplies.


15 posted on 03/16/2011 10:50:10 AM PDT by chris_bdba
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To: Da Coyote

Where was the big New York riot after 9/11?? Where were the Chicago riots after the big snow last month??? You can do better than that!!!


16 posted on 03/16/2011 10:50:49 AM PDT by Chi-townChief
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To: Chi-townChief
Why the ‘barf alert’?

What is snotty about the truth?

Were you sleeping through the Katrina/New Orleans debacle? (The majority of the deaths and cluster f*ck was due - not to the storm or floods - but MAN.

were you on another planet when Haiti was hit?

My brother, this morning, when bringing me over another load of wood, remarked: “Have you noticed something different in Japan than if it had happened here? NO LOOTING.”

The stark difference is as plain as the nose on your face - trying to deny that fact is ignorant.

And these people are trapped in the middle of one long nightmare that get's worse daily. I shudder to think if it were here. I'd be heading for the hills to find a cave, not to get away from the disaster, but the citizens.

17 posted on 03/16/2011 10:51:09 AM PDT by maine-iac7 ("We stand together or we fall apart" mt)
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To: Chi-townChief

I think Simon should have thought about what he said. If he’d said LA, New Orleans, Memphis, St. Louis, or Detroit, the statement would have been right on the money. I think he was trying to be PC with his statement but came up short.


18 posted on 03/16/2011 10:52:31 AM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: maine-iac7

Again - show me where he mentions Katrina or Haiti?? He said “Chicago and New York.”

As far as Japan goes, I have a hunch they’d take a day or two of “looting” in excahnge for getting their nukes under control.


19 posted on 03/16/2011 10:53:27 AM PDT by Chi-townChief
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To: sten
for the record... i am DISGUSTED at the response by the chump-in-chief

WHAT response?

Has anyone gone to the golf course to inform him yet?

"FO...RE.."

20 posted on 03/16/2011 10:54:36 AM PDT by maine-iac7 ("We stand together or we fall apart" mt)
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To: vetvetdoug

I’ll take the USA, with all its faults, over Japan any day.


21 posted on 03/16/2011 10:55:20 AM PDT by Chi-townChief
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To: Chi-townChief

I think anybody reading the article gets the general idea, even if you don’t.


22 posted on 03/16/2011 10:55:29 AM PDT by Howie66 (I can see November (2012) from my house.)
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To: Chi-townChief

“This is the Japanese way: continue on, do not give up and help each other.”

Unlike, say, the U.S., with our mass suicides and crawling under beds for whole years after disasters.


23 posted on 03/16/2011 10:57:59 AM PDT by Tublecane
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To: Howie66

I get the idea - this guy Simon is like the hippies years ago trying to get back at their daddies talking up the Japanese while taking a swipe at the USA.


24 posted on 03/16/2011 10:59:02 AM PDT by Chi-townChief
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To: maine-iac7

As others have said, there was none of that in New York after 9/11. I was there and it was surreal how little crime occurred in the weeks after.


25 posted on 03/16/2011 10:59:06 AM PDT by wbarmy (I chose to be a sheepdog once I saw what happens to the sheep.)
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To: Chi-townChief

I see where you are coming from.

I believe there was some looting in NY (2003) when the east coast had the blackout, but you are right, nothing like that happened on 9/11 or even when a hurricane hit Long Island in 1985.

I don’t know Chicago that well, so I’ll take your word on how they might react. I do wonder if this happened in LA, what we might see. I honestly think the shock of what happened might keep such looting to a minimum.


26 posted on 03/16/2011 10:59:31 AM PDT by Betis70 (First the House, then the Senate)
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To: Chi-townChief

Sounds pretty on the mark to me.

This isn’t your father’s America.


27 posted on 03/16/2011 10:59:34 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: WL-law

“What’s not true about the statement ‘if this had happened in Chicago or in New York, I think we would have seen rioting and looting.’”

Firstly, they don’t need much excuse. A couple of degree above average summer will do, or a random cop looking at someone crosseyed.


28 posted on 03/16/2011 10:59:42 AM PDT by Tublecane
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To: maine-iac7

Since they are reported to be delivering pizza in Tokyo (squid and corn toppings included), the chump-in-chief probably thinks things are more or less back to normal.


29 posted on 03/16/2011 10:59:50 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: Tublecane

Speaking of mass suicides, how many of the Japanese government and business owners will commit hari-kari in the wake of this mess??


30 posted on 03/16/2011 11:00:54 AM PDT by Chi-townChief
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To: Teotwawki
is what you get when it happens in blue America. In red America it is much different. Compare the reaction to the flooding in New Orleans to the reaction to the flooding in Nashville.

TRUE

And 'because it was in RED America' it was totally ignored by our Chump-in-chief. someone from FEMA went there ONE day - and that was an end to it. Nada, nothing.

The worst flooding in it's history. But "RED" Americans picked themselves up, dug in, helped one another and rebuilt...without one thin dime from the gov't.

In the long run, they were better off for it. Look at N.O. and Haiti - STILL.

Puts a whole new twist to Reagan's warning about : "We're from the government and we're here to help." (There was a lot of 'looting' in both N.O. and Haiti that people won't look at - there's no evidence for all those billions of dollars poured into those places. They went into pockets...of mostly politicians, I would guess.)

31 posted on 03/16/2011 11:03:09 AM PDT by maine-iac7 ("We stand together or we fall apart" mt)
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To: Tublecane

You’re confusing the politics with the human response to disaster which is why no one cites rioting or looting after 9/11 or after last month’s big snow in Chicago.


32 posted on 03/16/2011 11:03:14 AM PDT by Chi-townChief
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To: Chi-townChief

This is MUCH bigger than 9/11 or your freakin snowstorms.

New York, Chicago and every other large American city would freak out if a natural disaster cut off all food, water and shelter.

It was not an anti-American statement as much as it was an anti-urban American city-dweller statement.


33 posted on 03/16/2011 11:04:07 AM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: maine-iac7
He's out back, practicing.


34 posted on 03/16/2011 11:05:14 AM PDT by paulycy (Islamo-Marxism is Evil.)
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To: Chi-townChief

The author is correct. Are you saying you don’t think there would be riots and looting if there were a similar situation in any major city in the USA?


35 posted on 03/16/2011 11:05:14 AM PDT by FightThePower! (Fight the powers that be!)
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To: Retired Greyhound

No that’s speculation - note that this did NOT occur right in Tokyo where this clown Simon is, but hundreds of miles away.


36 posted on 03/16/2011 11:06:20 AM PDT by Chi-townChief
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To: Tublecane
Firstly, they don’t need much excuse. A couple of degree above average summer will do, or a random cop looking at someone crosseyed.

Or a losing sports team. Or a winning sports team. Just the same.

37 posted on 03/16/2011 11:07:38 AM PDT by paulycy (Islamo-Marxism is Evil.)
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To: maine-iac7

He’s on his way to Rio for another vacation with his posse.


38 posted on 03/16/2011 11:07:38 AM PDT by ladyjane
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To: FightThePower!

Historically, we haven’t seen it in New York and Chicago where this Simpleton Simon says there would be problems.


39 posted on 03/16/2011 11:07:57 AM PDT by Chi-townChief
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To: Chi-townChief

Oh, with all that shaking and breaking glass in store windows, and you’re thinking all that good loot just sitting there for the taking wouldn’t have been a major temptation in the ghettos of New York and Chicago?

9/11 was a whole different ballgame than an earthquake which is an equal opportunity disaster as far as location of impact. The average New Yorker did good in 9/11.


40 posted on 03/16/2011 11:08:02 AM PDT by Twinkie ( PEACE)
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To: WL-law
I live in Tokyo in the middle of the city and I think it’s important to note if
this had happened in Chicago or in New York, I think we would have seen
rioting and looting.

There is nothing untrue about this statement. Chicago riots over a ball game.

41 posted on 03/16/2011 11:08:41 AM PDT by MaxMax
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Where were the Chicago riots after the big snow last month???

You don't get a lot of rioting in a few feet of unplowed snow - especially in Chicago with that wind off the lake.

And a snow storm shutting down traffic for a few days hardly compares to what is happening in Japan.

How many thousands were killed in the snow storm? How many were without shelter and food and water? How long did the 'disaster' go on? Did they storm piled on storm? Were they told to 'stay in your homes' (raditaion) when they no longer HAD homes?

You can do better than that.

42 posted on 03/16/2011 11:08:57 AM PDT by maine-iac7 ("We stand together or we fall apart" mt)
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To: Twinkie

Just as the average Chicagoan did good in the big snow last month, offering help to stranded people and sharing goods and services - there was no looting when it would have been the perfect time for it with all the city shut down.


43 posted on 03/16/2011 11:10:11 AM PDT by Chi-townChief
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To: Chi-townChief

In the discussions posted I see this-and-that. That people in the USA responded so honorably and heroically to 9/11 stands out as what our people do have in their spirit. However, that spirit must be considered alongside the experiences in the Katrina disastor. To me, as a WWII vet, this tragedy in Japan with all the suffering people along with all the due concern and compassion shown by the world brings back memories of how cruelly the Japanese acted on other people in the years of WWII. No doubt as time goes on such comparisons will only be history. I’m sure the Romans were very unkind during their conquests but who cares now.


44 posted on 03/16/2011 11:10:28 AM PDT by noinfringers2
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To: Chi-townChief

In the discussions posted I see this-and-that. That people in the USA responded so honorably and heroically to 9/11 stands out as what our people do have in their spirit. However, that spirit must be considered alongside the experiences in the Katrina disastor. To me, as a WWII vet, this tragedy in Japan with all the suffering people along with all the due concern and compassion shown by the world brings back memories of how cruelly the Japanese acted on other people in the years of WWII. No doubt as time goes on such comparisons will only be history. I’m sure the Romans were very unkind during their conquests but who cares now.


45 posted on 03/16/2011 11:10:49 AM PDT by noinfringers2
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To: Chi-townChief

And are those comments not well deserved?

Katrina illustrated the decreped state of affairs. We not only had looters, we had policemen participating in the looting. We have videos of policemen looting Walmart - and after several hearings .... those bottom dwelling scum are BACK ON THE FORCE today. We have policemen that abandoned their posts, who stole Cadillacs and drove them to Houston and sold them - back on the force today.

In America, we have people who rob, loot and use the disruption of society to rape and steal. We have shop-owners to jack up the prices to gouge customers. You can see these scum during any Hurricane both before, as well as after it hits.

In Japan, we are witnessing shopowners LOWER prices to the people can afford food; and impose limits to make sure that as many customers as possible can all get food/water.

Care to compare the resolve and self-reliance of Japan against what we have in America? If this happened to California, say LA or San Fran - there would be rioting in the streets.

We DESERVE some humiliation in this; because it’s the honest truth.


46 posted on 03/16/2011 11:10:52 AM PDT by Hodar (Who needs laws .... when this "feels" so right?)
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To: maine-iac7

I already cited the numerous tornadoes - then there was the flood a few years back where most of downtown was evacuated.


47 posted on 03/16/2011 11:11:55 AM PDT by Chi-townChief
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To: Chi-townChief
Where were the Chicago riots after the big snow last month???

Maybe they heard stories from their daddies about the Chicago blizzard of 1967, back in the day when the Chicago Police had orders to shoot looters:

"Incidents of looting took place: in one incident, a ten year old girl became a fatality when she was caught in a gun battle between police and looters."

48 posted on 03/16/2011 11:13:08 AM PDT by DonnDe
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To: Cyman

Or New Orleans....


49 posted on 03/16/2011 11:16:04 AM PDT by Gamecock (The resurrection of Jesus Christ is both historically credible and existentially satisfying. T.K.)
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To: Hodar

>>We have shop-owners to jack up the prices to gouge customers...In Japan, we are witnessing shopowners LOWER prices to the people can afford food;

That is a good point. While no where near the impact of this tsunami, we had two snow storms dump 43 inches of snow here in less than a week. Roofs started collapsing a few days later. Prices for roof rakes went up a good 50% for those that had them in stock. People fleeced towns and homeowners to shovel the snow off their roof. Sure it comes down to ‘what the market will bear’ but one small town got charged 300K to clear the roofs of their schools.

But we also had neighbors helping each other out for free, so not all is lost.


50 posted on 03/16/2011 11:16:08 AM PDT by Betis70 (First the House, then the Senate)
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