Friday Find: Heroism in Japan

My first “Friday Find” is more on the serious side rather than the entertaining side, but that doesn’t make it any less worthwhile. The earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on March 11, 2011, was a devastating blow to the country, and a lot of tragic stories came out as a result. But there have also been some rather inspiring stories, too.

I saw this story on Facebook the other day. Supposedly, this man — Hideaki Akaiwa — braved the cold, powerful waters of the tsunami in order to rescue his wife and mother. How does someone even manage something like that?

Click on the picture to read the full story.

Then there’s also the fact that there have been no reports of mass-looting in Japan. Have things been stolen in the wake of the disaster? Possibly. But not on a mass scale. The Japanese people, overall, seem to consider looting as dishonorable. Imagine that.

(More info here.)

And, of course, there are all those in the Fukushima Nuclear Plant, working to prevent meltdown. It’s pretty scary stuff, even for those of us living clear across the ocean. Imagine how much courage it must take to actually be there.

Click the picture to read more.

A lot of truly amazing stories have come out of Japan, and it’s a shame that more of them don’t get more coverage. Have you heard any other amazing stories coming out of Japan? If so, I’d love to hear about them. Let me know about ’em by dropping me a comment.

In the meantime, please also continue to keep Japan in your thoughts and prayers.



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2 responses to “Friday Find: Heroism in Japan

  1. I don’t know any more but those are some awesome stories.

    Sadly, if that were to happen here–like say, a tsunami hitting L.A.–the city would be in mass chaos with the amount of looting going on. Just look at what happened after Hurricane Katrina. Absolute lawlessness.

    It’s the cultural mindset, unfortunately. People here in the States seem to think they’re “entitled” to everything, even if it means breaking the law for it. Honor? What’s that? Pretty sure many don’t understand the concept.

    LOL, sorry for being such a pessimist. 😛

    • That’s okay, I’m a pessimist about this, too. Like you said, it’s a cultural mindset. What’s really sad is that we’ve gotten to the point that we find a lack of looting to be so shocking…that’s a really telling sign about where our culture is at.

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