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The governor of Tokyo apologized on Tuesday for saying the earthquake and resulting tsunami that left thousands dead were divine punishment for Japanese egoism, the country’s official news service reported.
"I will take back (the remark) and offer a deep apology," Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara said at a Tuesday news conference, according to Japan’s official Kyodo News.
On Monday, Ishihara had told reporters, "I think (the disaster) is tembatsu (divine punishment), although I feel sorry for disaster victims," according to Kyodo News, which translated Ishihara's remarks from Japane
Originally posted by Corruption Exposed
I am willing to bet this D-bag does not run for re-election
On a serious note anyone who believes these types of disasters are divine intervention need to stop believing in imaginary friends. Most people stop having imaginary friends at the age of 4 years old or so. Members mention this time and time again... natural disasters do happen, they have always happened, the amount of disasters and severity has always fluctuated but none the less they still have always happened. Regrettably, regardless of the strength and honor of the Japanese people this will be a difficult obstacle to overcome. My heart goes out to the Japanese.
Originally posted by Unity_99
I have a feeling the apology was only given due to the western press catching on. In the west the idea of karma and consequences is unheard of, and I agree, we're not as humble overall as many eastern races.
To me, that he thought, oh no we did something wrong, is more because of the eastern mindset and humility. Taking the blame, even when its unwarranted is something humble people do a lot. Being more aware of consequences or feeling that that there is a correlation between actions and events, is more foreign to the west, but this man isn't from the west, now is he?edit on 15-3-2011 by Unity_99 because: (no reason given)