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New York and New Jersey are not like Japan

November 1, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments


Posted by: Errol Phillips

New York and New Jersey are not like Japan




If only people could react like the Japanese during times of National Crisis – However the behavior of Americans whose expectations seem to be instant gratification just are just not able to.

How do I know …. I was living just outside of Kobe, Japan when the monstrous jishin (earthquake) hit in January 1995 and virtually destroyed the center of a major Japanese City killing 6,600 people covering a 20 mile swath. I was right in the middle.

Down the street from where I lived a 7 story apartment building ended up being 4 stories. My next door neighbor died from a collapsed roof.

When the quake hit, I thought it was a bomb going off.

Here’s what didn’t happen:

  • There was no looting or breaking into food stores
  • There was no time for trying to blame anyone
  • There was no one cutting in the front of the line to get water.
  • There were no calls to lawyers


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Here is what did happen:

The people in the Kobe Area were not waiting around for a US Aircraft Carrier

The Military was deployed immediately to dig and search.

The Yakuza (Japanese Mafia) were the early suppliers of medical supplies and food (They had the connections and the means to get the material to the folks

Within days Temporary housing was being constructed all over the Area

Within days portable showers and toilet facilities were set up all over the Area

Within days, supermarkets were opened and the queues stretched endlessly as they could only let a few people in the stores at a time. There was no anger, yelling, blaming, looting, or cutting in front

Within hours … clean-up began by everyone … students, teachers, seniors, yakuza, politicians. Everyone seemed to be contributing in some way.

As a foreigner, I was treated like everyone else …. many times with extended courtesies


By the time I left Japan 4 years later, I would say 90 % of the entire City of Kobe had been rebuilt…. and consider that New York has been unable to erect a couple of building at ground zero now going on 12 years.

So like I said, Japan is not New York, nor New Jersey.



English: Twilight view of Kobe, taken near Shi...



  1. November 4, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    Meanwhile, the redstaters among us have been prepping for several years because we know that social order is precarious and because we do NOT assume that we will be (and we don’t want to be) taken care of. I’m sorry that anyone is so deprived, but knowing what was coming, was it so hard to buy cases of food, get candles and batteries and cash, and to store water? And only AFTER the looting, they realized they might want to get weapons?

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