Why Crisis Hasn’t Shaken the Bedrock of Japan’s Culture of Civility

If we grade a society on how well it holds together during a crisis, it’s clear worldwide opinion has bestowed an A+ upon the Japanese people in the aftermath of last week’s earthquake and tsunami. Much has been made about the fact that there’s no looting or rioting. Outside supermarkets, convenience stores and gas stations,Continue reading “Why Crisis Hasn’t Shaken the Bedrock of Japan’s Culture of Civility”

Understanding Japanese Stoicism in the Face of Japan’s Devastating Earthquake and Tsunami

My mother passed away five years ago and though I miss her, I’m glad she’s not around to see the terrible images of disaster, death and devastation in Japan following Friday’s earthquake and tsunami. A native of Japan, she moved to the US to marry my American father but her heart remained in her homeland.Continue reading “Understanding Japanese Stoicism in the Face of Japan’s Devastating Earthquake and Tsunami”