Land cursed with history of extremes
JAPAN has been t agged many things over the years.
The land of the rising sun, the samurai country.
But for all of its prosperity, the nation has been cursed since the Shoguns first went to war in 1331.
The ups and downs of the country could not have been s c r i p t e d b e t t e r b y a Hollywood producer.
For every high that the country enjoys, the people are forced to endure extreme lows.
The post-war economic boom came crashing back to earth f ollowing t he 1987 stock market crash.
T w o d e c a d e s o n , t h e country has continued its slide and recently dropped behind China as the third l a r g e s t e c o n o my i n t h e world.
J a p a n e s e b u s i n e s s me n committed suicides in their hundreds because of the ‘‘ shame’’ brought on their families.
Japan’s warlike nature mirrors the ferocious offshore rumblings that trigger the fatal earthquakes and tsunamis.
In the 1900s, Japanese imperialists led crusades across Asia invading Korea, Russia and China.
This period led up to World War I I , wh e n J a p a n e s e fighters dropped bombs on Pearl Harbor in a sneak attack on December 7, 1941.
The rest is history. The familiar high was followed by a devastating blow.
On August 6, 1945, the US dropped the A-bomb on Hiroshima. Three-days later, a second bomb was unleashed on Nagasaki.
More than 150,000 people were instantly killed and thousands more injured.