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Things to learn from Japan

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There are articles, both in English & Tamil media about the way Japanese behaved after the recent Tsunami, Earth Quake & Nuclear radiation. Here is an email that summarizes. See below for an NY Times Article.

1. THE CALM – Not a single visual of chest-beating or wild grief. Sorrow itself has been elevated.

2.THE DIGNITY – Disciplined queues for water and groceries. Not a rough word or a crude gesture.

3. THE ABILITY – The incredible architects, for instance. Buildings swayed but didn’t fall.

4. THE GRACE – People bought only what they needed for the present, so everybody could get something.

5. THE ORDER – No looting in shops. No honking and no overtaking on the roads. Just understanding.

6. THE SACRIFICE – Fifty workers stayed back to pump sea water in the N-reactors. How will they ever be repaid?

7. THE TENDERNESS – Restaurants cut prices. An unguarded ATM is left alone. The strong cared for the weak.

8. THE TRAINING – The old and the children, everyone knew exactly what to do. And they did just that.

9. THE MEDIA – They showed magnificent restraint in the bulletins. No silly reporters. Only calm reportage.

10.THE CONSCIENCE – When the power went off in a store, people put things back on the shelves and left quietly.

Newly Homeless in Japan Re-Establish Order Amid Chaos:

To an outsider, much is striking about Japan’s response to two weeks of serial disasters: the stoicism and self-sacrifice; the quiet bravery in the face of tragedy that seems almost woven into the national character. Just as striking, however, is that evacuees here live in a place that can kennel your dog, charge your cellphone, fix your dentures and even provide that nonnegotiable necessity of Japanese life, a steamy soak in a hot tub of water.

There is a free laundry service, too, although they are still working out clothes-drying kinks.

Just two weeks after this nation’s greatest catastrophe in decades, the citizens at Takada Junior High School No. 1, this town’s largest evacuee center, have managed to fashion a microcosm of the spotlessly organized and efficient Japan they so recently knew
Hair cutting and dentistry joined a long list of services, donated and otherwise: volunteer bicycle-repairing, a shuttle bus ferrying evacuees from center to center, pet cages donated by local veterinarians, free laundering of refugees’ clothes by local high-school students.
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Written by S Ibrahim

Mar 24, 2011 at 10:05 pm

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