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“The Japanese government doesn’t have a kind of pocket to receive aid,” said Yasuhisa Kawamura, a deputy consul general.
In its postwar prosperity, Japan is unaccustomed to relying on the kindness of strangers. As Mr. Sakurai said, “We have always been on the giving side.” So aid-averse was Japan in the past that after an earthquake killed more than 6,000 people in Kobe in 1995, the Japanese government rejected most international offers of help. Things are different now. To Mr. Sakurai, that is a positive glimmer in an otherwise bleak situation. “It is very good for Japanese people to realize that Japan is not alone on the Earth,” he said. “When you put yourself in the other side’s shoes, you realize the importance of being on the receiving side as well as on the giving side.”
Originally posted by Iamherefornow
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Are you kidding me? Dropping two nuclear bombs on Nagasaki and Hirosima was not pay back enough?]edit on 23-3-2011 by Iamherefornow because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by onehuman