I’ve heard that people around the world are amazed how the Japanese evacuees could be so patient and modest in such a disaster. Me too. I’m very proud of that spirit of Japan as a Japanese. It’s said commonly that the Japanese culture is the culture of shame, which you always think about your action cannot be a shame, a humiliation to your family or society. You never be the one who do something conspicuous. “Be same as others”, is a basic manner in Japan. So, we can be good citizens in these cruel situations because we’ve been trained as so in a family, a school and an office. We are relatively good at thinking and sympathizing how we are small and we can’t move and act aggressively to get what you want. We are more good at sharing.
Now, I’ve been thinking it’s very good spirit but at the same time we should have brought up someones to be strong and powerful leaders. They might be conspicuous or arrogant sometimes, but we should train them to be good leaders, to use their talent to bind up people’s mind and make movement.
At this the hugest, the most tragic event, it’s revealed we don’t have leaders. I mean governors. Fortunately, there ARE some people who have power to manage things well like a guy who had supervised voluntary groups at the time of Hanshin-Awaji great earthquake, or people from NGOs. They know the real site, they know way better than governors what people need. They said on NHK show this morning that we have to send water, food, medical cares to afflicted area right now. You want to go there to help people respectively, but you should stay because they need much more basic, urgent things. FOOD, WATER, MEDICINES and etc. Don’t rush in, don’t make traffic jam, and then people could eat and drink more. After that the time would come when they would need more specific commodities or cares like counseling, physical labors, educations, any supportive help and advice. Then you should go! It’s controversial if you should go there now or it’s mere heroic hypocrisy. However I was impressed by a guy on the NHK show saying that common people can move, can help, can organize, can rebuild a city as they did once in the Hanshin Awaji Great Earthquake. We should learn and be advanced now. I will send kids there clothes and toys after transportation have fixed. A small thing but I’ll do.