The consulate of Japan in New York has issued a warning to all Japanese nationals in and around New York.
Points 1. and 2. aren’t so interesting, but point 3. boils down to the following:
In (1) Japanese citizens being and traveling to New York are advised to keep themselves informed about current events.
In (2) they are advised to stay away from certain areas like Zucotti Park for their own safety.
In (3) the consulate advises them further to stay way from groups of marchers (aka occupiers) even if they’re curious, again for their own safety.
So there’s the first foreign government warning its citizens of this so called “movement”.
Japan, by the way, has no occupy movement. Why is that? I guess it’s because the people there, especially in the North, know real loss and desperation, unlike the spoiled children at these ridiculous protests.
Let me remind you: Almost 20,000 people died on March 11 in the quake and following tsunami (with up to 100,000 children uprooted from their homes.) The tsunami, according to Keio university, was over 40 meters in some places. It knocked out Fukushima and led to a massive series of problems there. The quake itself had seven foreshocks, but more than 1,200 aftershocks. The devastation in the North was, and still is, absolutely unbelievable.
I was up there in July and it was still bad. I will be up there again in December, and I doubt that everything has been cleared by now.
What this catastrophe has done in Japan was an absolutely incredible show of solidarity. The country grew together, united. Everybody pitched in. Super famous and popular girl group AKB48, Arashi, SMAP, all the big names of show business were pitching in. Super star Ueto Aya helped out in a kitchen in one of the hit areas, just like many others. Some of my favorite actors dropped what they were doing and headed north with what they could organize on such short notice. The “evil capitalists” ™ of Japan donated millions upon millions of dollars. Companies like noodle giant Nissin did what they could to help with their equipment. Nissin, for example, not only shipped tens of thousands of noodle packs up there, they also brought their mobile kitchens.
Everybody pitched in, and many people are still pitching in. It’s not over yet, it will be a long, hard road to recovery, but they won’t give up. They won’t start occupying parks in Tokyo to get what they want. They will instead work hard. It’s a mentality thing, really. The Japanese have this virtue, “ganbare” (がんばれ), never give up.
Now I’m just curious how many governments will follow with similar warnings.
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