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In tragedy, Japan impresses the world focus 03/17/2011

Thursday, March 17, 2011

In tragedy, Japan impresses the world

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03/17/2011
WASHINGTON — Despite the horrific scenes of destruction, Japan may emerge from its quake-tsunami disaster with a stronger international brand-name as the nation’s resilience wins wide praise.

Television stations around the world have broadcast the footage of the seismic waves as they razed homes and carried away cars as if they were toys, stranding dazed survivors on the brutalized landscape.

But coverage has also shown another side — Japanese showing calm as they search for loved ones or wait for basic necessities. There is not a hint of looting or violence, even as residents line up at half-empty stores.

Entries on the English-language blogosphere speak of the Japanese as “stoic” and wonder the reaction in Western countries would be to a disaster of similar magnitude..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune


URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/commentary/20110317com8.html

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