Stoic attitude wins praise
DESPITE the horrific scenes of destruction, Japan may emerge from its quaketsunami disaster with a stronger international image as the nation’s resilience wins praise.
Television stations have broadcast the footage of the seismic waves as they razed homes and carried away cars as if they were toys, stranding dazed survivors on the brutalised landscape.
But coverage has also shown another side – Japanese showing calm as they search for loved ones or wait for basic necessities. There is not a hint of looting or violence, even as residents line up at half-empty stores.
Blogs speak of the Japanese as ‘‘ stoic’’ and wonder if the reaction in Western countries would be to a disaster of similar magnitude. Harvard University professor Joseph Nye said the disaster may turn out to benefit Japan’s ‘‘soft power’’ – a term he coined to describe how nations achieve their goals by appearing more attractive to others.
‘‘ In addition to the sympathy it will engender, it shows a stable , well - mannered society that was as prepared for such a disaster as any modern country could be,’’ Mr Nye said.