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There is lots of news everyday, all over the world, affecting many people. In some cases, news in one country will spill over to another, especially in terms of war, natural disasters and celebrities getting married/divorced/drunk.
To try and cover all of this, I hope that people will discuss the news within this thread to save clutter and to help those who may know little about a story find out more. If it is likely a story will lead to great debate, a debate topic may be a better idea, otherwise post what you think and know here so we may all know about the news from around the world.
Won't you feel so much better for that?
Silly stories may still go into the 'Crazy News' thread
I'm not surprised at all on this, as I think that's how they are supposed to behave in time of crises like this.
Historically, Japan is a nation with tiny amount of land with large population with not much other natural resources, so, I think, maintaining the social order is very important to them, and even more so in time of crisis. Hence, I think it's deeply rooted in their culture that in time of a huge crises like this one, many of them seem to automatically go into "major social crises" mode in which they think "what's best for the whole" alongside "what's best for me" and often put the emphasis on "what's best for the whole," or suppress own needs to a degree, to the benefit of the good for the whole ... you know, like Mr. Spock in Star Trek.
Additionally, I think, making a social disruption is often frowned upon as a "bad behavior" in Japan, even in normal times, and doing so in crisis time is even worse and very much looked down. ...In time of crisis, if you can help, help any way you can, and if you don't have any skills to contribute, then the next best thing to do is stay out of their way and try NOT to disrupt... like that. ^^
...incidentally, every individual acting in good and cooperative behavior actually (supposedly) benefits them, as, this way works most economically and efficiently for "the whole", and in turn, benefits all of them, as the more cooperative the public is, then less efforts they need for the public control and hence they can divert more of available resources for other much needed efforts such as searching for survivors, and securing essential items for everyone, etc. ...hence it goes back to "disruption is bad" social culture, and so it goes in the [good] circle. And, Japanese people, be it from the tradition, culture, or whatnot, seem to know this, not necessarily in "academic" terms but more of "instinctively" and behave upon it.
But, that's not to say no people would take advantage of crisis and behave bad in Japan; I'm sure there are some looting and other bad behaviors going on there as well, but I'm not surprised to see many of them behaving calm and orderly in this crisis there.
(There are other cultural cause for this also and actually one can write a whole thesis on this, but this is just some of the reasons that just came to my mind. ^^ )
ETA: Some follow-up info that reinforces this view: ........................ ↓ ↓ Honest Japanese return $78million in cash found in earthquake rubble
... Japanese citizens have shown incredible honesty in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami that brought the country to its knees. The Japanese Police reported yesterday that the Japanese returned almost $78million in cash found in the quake rubble.
In the five months since the disaster struck, people have turned in thousands of wallets and purses found in the debris, containing nearly $30 million in cash.
(Amidst the rubble: Police officers in protective suits searching for victims after the tsunami hit Fukushima Prefecture in Minamisoma City in March)
More than 5,700 safes that washed ashore along the coastline have also been hauled to police stations by volunteers and rescue crews.
Inside the safes officials found about $30million in cash. In one safe alone, there was the equivalent of $1,000,000.
Other contained gold bars, antiques and other valuables.
Japan’s National Police Agency said nearly all the money found in the areas worst hit by the tsunami has been returned to its owners.
Most people kept bankbooks or land rights documents with their names and addresses in their safes.
At one point, there were so many safes handed in to police that they had difficulty finding room to store them.
Even now, Koetsu Saiki, of the Miyagi Prefectural Police, said a handful of safes are handed in every week. Tsunami victims: This was one of the hundreds of shelters in Sendai, Japan, were those who lost their homes took shelter in March
(Tsunami victims: This was one of the hundreds of shelters in Sendai, Japan, were those who lost their homes took shelter in March)
It is not unusual for the Japanese to keep large amounts of money at home and at offices, particularly in the coastal regions where fisheries companies prefer to deal with cash transactions.
From early April to late July, Ofunato Police Station hired three safe specialists to help open the safes it had recovered.
‘In most cases, the keyholes on these safes were filled with mud," said Mr Saiki.
‘We had to start by cutting apart the metal doors with grinders and other tools.
‘The fact that these safes were washed away, meant the homes were washed away too.
'We had to first determine if the owners were alive, then find where they had evacuated to.’
‘There must be some safes that were stolen after the quake.
'But the fact that a hefty 2.3 billion yen in cash has been returned to its owners shows the high level of ethical awareness in the Japanese people,’ said Ryuji Ito, professor emeritus at Yokohama City University. ...