On the Disaster in Japan

I feel preoccupied with the horrible loss of life we are learning of in Japan. I have friends there although, thankfully, none in the areas struck by the tsunami. I certainly agree with the bloggers and writers who have commented on how the Japanese response to this disaster shows the advantages of belonging to a high-I.Q., homogeneous population. Apart from that, it seems to me that Japanese society has a blend of order, attention to detail, honesty, and decency, qualities realized in a unique national character that can’t be imitated or fully explained.

But really, this is not the time to project our selfish concerns upon a people undergoing terrible suffering and loss. I’d rather refrain from comment and just send good wishes and prayers to the people of Japan.


6 Responses to On the Disaster in Japan

  1. Notice that it took a non-U.S. newspaper to ask the un-P.C. question:


    The Japanese are super-law-abiding and take very seriously Asian priniciples of “orderliness”, respect, honor, etc. Also: homogeneous.

    • The Japanese have not succumbed to the disease of multiculturalism. They have, for the most part, maintained their culture and their ethnic cohesion. Particularly at times of crisis such as the present moment, the advantages of their resistance are obvious to anyone who cares to open his eyes.

      • stephenhopewell says:

        AWOL – thanks for visiting! I hope your work is going well….
        Of course, without mass immigration from ethnically different groups, the issue of multiculturalism has not really come up for the Japanese although I think there are some issues in the larger cities. They do have available small numbers of foreigners giving them the things they want, whether it’s English teaching or Indian food.
        Is there any non-Western people that believes in multiculturalism for themselves?

  2. stephenhopewell says:

    Thanks for the link, DC Handgun Info.
    I think they learn from childhood to cooperate and follow directions, though it’s done through gentle pressure rather than force. They are quite indulgent with children.

  3. Liam says:


    “the issue of multiculturalism has not really come up for the Japanese although I think there are some issues in the larger cities.”

    They have made a deliberate decision not to let this issue arise, to their credit. As for issues in their major cities, well, if our cities faced the same issues around multiculturalism, I would be pleased (obviously this excludes the horrible natural disaster that has just befallen them).

    I visited Tokyo not many years ago at a time when an enormous international event was taking place. A great city that is in all respects fundamentally of its own culture, and unapolagetically so. The number of foreign faces, or gaijin, was really very low, and those present were obviously there with a specific purpose. All of the school age children I saw were Japanese (though my ability to dfferentiate between a Korean and a Japanese may be suspect).

    Here’s a link to an interesting, though lengthy, piece from Peter Hitchens. It’s sadly prophetic in its title I’m afraid. About two thirds of the way down he looks at Japan’s largest voluntary experiment with immigration. It’s interesting on two levels: The conscious effort the Japanese made to attract ethic Japanese from elsewhere; and the willingness to face up to error and actually address the consequences.



  4. stephenhopewell says:

    Thanks for the interesting link. I once talked to a Japanese person who said both left and right are against mass immigration. The right for obvious reasons; the left because they think it will lead to the violation of the “human rights” of the immigrants. I wish our left thought that way!

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