The tiny nation of Japan is displaying remarkable strength and character in the wake of their disaster. They are reeling from the effects and yet nowhere have I seen civilians nor government officials pointing fingers and demanding explanations.
Unlike the natural disasters we’ve seen here in the United States, their citizens are not blaming their government. They are not screaming into television cameras demanding to know where the aid is. No one is questioning the government’s commitment to it’s people. They are coming together, crying together, and figuring out where to go from here. Together. I am in awe.
The world is watching you, Japan. I hope we are paying attention. I hope we are learning that this, this is the way to respond to natural disaster.
“We will rebuild Japan from scratch. In our history, this small island nation has made miraculous economic growth thanks to the efforts of all Japanese citizens. That is how Japan was built.”- Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan
“The unprecedented scale of the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan, frankly speaking, were among many things that happened that had not been anticipated under our disaster management contingency plans. In hindsight, we could have moved a little quicker in assessing the situation and coordinating all that information and provided it faster.” Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano
As Tokyo Electric Power Company Managing Director, Akio Komiri, leaves a press conference he breaks down into tears. The tears are over news that the nuclear disaster has reached levels that they now admit will kill Japan’s citizens. I cannot imagine the level of stress, fear and guilt that this man feels. As I look at this picture tears stream down my own face. My heart breaks for him. No matter how well prepared you think you are, you can never be prepared enough. When nature collides with man it is an uncontrollable, unpredictable force. I cry with you Mr. Komiri. You and the Japanese people have my deepest respect.
|Tokyo Electric Power Company Managing Director Akio Komiri|