posted on Mar, 17 2011 @ 03:56 PM
I posted this in another thread, but it's probably more relevant to this one.
I find it fascinating some of the comments in these threads on how proud, stoic, etc. the Japanese people are, and how if anyone can get through it,
then they will.
It's all a load of rubbish.
Yes, IN GENERAL the Japanese are proud nation, just as practically every other nation on earth, but they are a nation of many millions of people, each
with their own personalities - not some kind of borg with a hive mentality. If anything, economic prosperity has turned younger Japanese into lazy,
self-centred navel gazers, just like the youth of every other rich nation.
Pre/post war Japan was a very different country. Apathy is just as strong there now as it is in every western country.
If anything the relatively homogeneous nature of Japanese society (something like 99.9 percent indigenous Japanese) combined with cultural legacies
has created a very insular, closed political system that can't cope with anything outside the status-quo.
During the earthquake in Niigata about 5 or 6 years ago, the government was unable to cope with relief to a relatively small area - there were people
dying of deep vein thrombosis weeks after the earthquake because they were cramped up sleeping in their cars! The government couldn't even provide
temporary accommodation for about 10,000 people in a timely manner. Having said that, I think any government would struggle with such a task.
I think some people are in for a very rude shock when the realisation finally hits that there is no "mystical" quality about the Japanese - their
government and citizens are just as fallible as the rest of us, and they are not coping at all with this disaster on all fronts.
My family in Sendai have told me they are already considering making improvised weapons to protect what resources they have. People are starting to
kick into survival mode, and it will potentially get ugly quickly. At the end of the day Japanese people are only human beings - not some magical race
of ninjas and samurai.
This whole sequence of events should be a wakeup call to anyone that is not directly affected by these events - governments cannot and will not look
after you in during such a calamity - you need to prepare yourself during the good times for the bad times.
*Update - I spoke to my family last night and it seems there is some food getting through. My mother in law was able to buy some fish yesterday.
Haven't spoken to my brother in law since 2 days ago, but I know the power and water is still off at their place.