Sunday, April 3, 2011

JAPAN - The Japanese shakes calm the foreign press

Since the earthquake that struck the region of Sendai, the international community deals with Japan a look at both warm and austere. While providing us with his encouragement, she worries more and more nuclear contamination. We must take this into account. Initially, the foreign media were surprised that the disaster could keep their composure in a situation as tragic.

The first article on the disaster published by the Wall Street Journal, entitled Steadfast Japan, is a good example. While describing the ravages of the tsunami, the editor is admiring. "We can not go wrong. Japan is a major industrial power," he writes. These warm messages were sent to us, not only by western countries, but by Asian neighbors like China and South Korea.

In supermarkets where products are scarce, people form orderly queues. In news abroad, we see almost no scenes of rioting or looting. This is not the first time that foreign media emphasize the coolness of which the Japanese show when their country was plunged into an unprecedented crisis.

During the Kobe earthquake in 1995, they had focused on ways to help the victims and give each other traders among them, and the dedication of volunteer firefighters. Prime Minister Naoto Kan has described the earthquake in Sendai as "the worst crisis since the Second World War." Even if the context was different in 1945, Americans who were specially sent to Japan after the war could not hide their astonishment at the calm that showed the Japanese in their country to ashes.

The geographical conditions of Japan have not changed. Located in a volcanic archipelago is not immune to earthquakes, tsunamis and fires. The country's history, marked by its natural environment, has given birth to a philosophy of impermanence, detachment and acceptance, which means that the Japanese are what they are today.

But it would be wrong to think that the victims have no difficulty in restraining himself. We must not ignore that behind that self-control and this silence, there is anger, tears and anguish. Encouragement of the international community aimed at victims, but not the government that seems incapable of managing the crisis and to which it refers instead a view of increasingly severe.

"Japan is a democracy, and despite the alternation policy a year ago, the people are not sovereign. Does the Government of Naoto Kan, threatening to collapse, will be able to handle the most serious crisis since World War II? " noted with biting a large German newspaper. A devastating earthquake hit a country with advanced technology are considerable.

Does he not cause contamination in the world? The current crisis does not she turn into a disaster similar to Chernobyl? The international community is following events with bated breath. We just learned that iodine tablets are out of stock in the U.S. and in China people are flocking to iodized salt.

The international community observes the crisis unfolding before his eyes as if it was his. Initially, foreign journalists were rather restrained in their articles on the risk of nuclear fusion. The Obama wants to end oil and become more involved in the nuclear as well as China and India, which undertook to develop nuclear energy to address their chronic shortages of energy, take naturally that the worst is avoided.

In Europe, movements challenging the nuclear arise. Germany Angela Merkel is to reverse its decision to grant relief in nuclear and Switzerland has frozen some of its nuclear program. A wide debate is emerging over the place to be attributed to the disaster of March 11 in the series of events that have shaped the new world order: the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe, the September 11 attacks in the U.S.

U.S. and global financial crisis. The shock wave it created in the international community is considerable. Japan remains in turmoil and it is too early to discuss its future. We hope the international community will provide greater support to avoid the worst and to help the victims. Japan has already faced plusiques both severe crisis, and every time he got up with the coolness and restraint of all, reflected in the admiring gaze of foreign countries.

Hopefully we'll have the strength to get out of that which affects us today. Anyway, we have no choice: he must.

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