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Japan tragedy seared into world's imagination

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I am living thousands of kilometers away from Japan and have loved ones living there. It is heartbreaking to witness the suffering of the people after the tsunami. I admire their calmness...the way they help each other...no looting...no crime!! In my country we are living with different fears daily. Violent crime and deaths on our roads daily, many thousands of victims yearly....health facilities failing, education in a crisis, municipalities in crisis. I live behind burglar bars and connected to an alarm system and armed response, a panic button around my neck...i am an elderly, partially disabled lady...hardly ever go outside in the day by myself...have to wait for my husband to get home from work. The fear of being attacked and murdered at any given time is very real. One thinks you will get used to it...having lived like this for the past 16 years...one learns to be prepared...but the fear is always with you. My point is...100% security is nowhere to be found. Hellen Keller quoted something like this..."Security is an illusion....it does not exist in nature, and neither for the whole of humankind on this planet." I do not say be complacent....it is in our nature to be vigilant at all times.

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There is only one thing I (and most people globally) admire of, and that is special with, the Japanese people. That is their collective resolve to excel, and turning calamities into opportunities and sustainable prosperity through unique innovations. Remember world war nuclear bombing? everybody thought Japan was finished!! It took only a few years and Japan was the place to be, complete with sophisticated technology, efficient everything and longest life spans!!!! So, even with this tragedy, Japan is starting at a very low profile, where even China has recently overtaken its enviable place as the second world biggest economy. There are many deaths and destroyed property. Work is at a standstill as people flee the calamity, and stocks getting record battering. But quote me, after 20 years or less, Japan will come out stronger, regaining its image, political and financial position, this tragedy not withstanding. Just watch the space..........

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I absolutely agree with previous comment. Go Japan, go!!

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There is worse to come. Not here in Japan but worldwide. This disaster is barely going to be a footnote in history compared to what is coming.

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@DentShop

There is worse to come. Not here in Japan but worldwide. This disaster is barely going to be a footnote in history compared to what is coming.

Whoah... what are you trying to say?

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One thing is for sure. Recipients of Japan's foreign aid will take a big hit. The Japanese government was broke even before this disaster.

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right up until you quoted the comedic 'philosopher' Francis Fukuyama, you were making sense. Surely no one has got it more wrong, in global political terms, in recent years than Fukuyama.... great advertisement for the opposite of whatever he is peddling this time.

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Here in the UK it was seared into the population's minds for all of about 5 days. Now it is little more than last weeks 24 hour news channel disaster movie. The lack of a spectacular nuclear catastrophe 10 times that of Chernobyl and a few fighter jets doing live fire exercises over an African desert has wiped the horrific and on going events in Japan well and truly off the general UK population's minds.

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Tsunami effect on japan and world.

23,000 people loss lives suddenly in tsunami,this will have big effect.

Japan needs to take up a new fight,how to survive tsunamis. May be all family members along coast, should have inflatable boats, life jackets and other tsunami rescue gears .

They also need to train in survival skills,for after tsunami period.

They need to learn swimming ,diving,and other tsunami flood survival skills.

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correction...23,000 people lost lives

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