Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Hideaki Akaiwa

If our country encounters extreme hardship, hopefully we'll come out the other side looking more like Japan.

My grandfather fought the Japanese during WWII.  A determined, brutal, and severely misguided  enemy.

But after the almost complete destruction of their country, economy, and way of life, they created something magnificent.  A truly good culture.  I'm not sure of what happened between then and now, but I can truly say I'm more impressed by the Japanese people after this earthquake than of the American people after Katrina.  Within hours, the American people were killing each other, dodging responsibility, and looking for "who to blame" for extreme weather.  The Japanese, on the other hand, have taken to rescuing, recovery and rebuilding.   When the appropriate time comes, I'm confident they'll look into what could they have done better.  But now, they act for the good of the nation.

I haven't posted on this yet, but I have definitely wanted to.  The incredible, apocalyptic, and horrific details of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami were almost too much to blog about.  But what was clearly evident was the reaction of the people.  Calm, organized, and caring.  People didn't steal...they made sure their fellow citizens had as much as they did.

They became heroes.  Case in point, Hideaki Akaiwa.


  1. Skippy,

    This contrast the major differences in two cultures: one with little accountability and the other with focused purpose. I'm a red blooded American, but truly concerned for our long term existence due to just this premise. Agree on all accounts of your post.

  2. I'm in agreement. Just an added note to all that's been said. I was watching the news coverage on CNN the other night, and was taken aback on how they choose to present things that evening. All the destruction, all the pain and heartbreak these people are experiencing...and CNN made a big story on how their reporters are facing danger by being there...once's got to be all about us.