Anyone who has seen Big Bird in Japan knows the shorthand for Japanese culture: They're so honest and disciplined! They're a collective society! They value the group over the individual! Of course they're not going to steal anything after the most devastating natural disaster of their lifetimes—unlike those undisciplined thieves in post-Katrina New Orleans and post-earthquake Haiti. Even if they're desperate for food, the Japanese will still wait in line for groceries.
- Christopher Beam, Salon
I've just posted an article on members of the Christian Right gloating over prophecies ignored by Japan. The arguments range from "God punished Japan because of atheism" to "God shook Japan because it's shaped like a dragon." Thankfully, Japan has not listened to any of these inane comments. Japan is a self-confident and self-disciplined society and despite the tragedies, it has had very few instances of looting.
Hmmm. Wouldn't an ATHEIST, GODLESS, BUDDHIST, CONFUCIAN country like Japan be in complete chaos with looters everywhere?
The Gloaters are going to have a tough time explaining this one.