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Japan’s version of the stiff upper lip, gaman represents one of the virtues encompassed in the Bushido, the code of the samurai.
Added to the devastation caused by the engulfing tsunami was the grave nuclear accident it triggered at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
Sheltered in evacuation centres, which were mostly school gymnasiums, the survivors of the tsunami and those evacuated following the threat of nuclear radiation had to battle not just their individual losses, but also an uncertain future and scores of other hardships, all in the cold of a winter that had only just begun to withdraw.
Perhaps, hidden in this tradition of nomenclature lies the hint of a culture of that has allowed Japan as a society to use its human, scientific and economic capabilities to renew itself after every calamity- be it earthquakes or tsunamis or the manmade wake of the Second World War - to not just build again, but ensure that reconstructions incorporate new knowledge and fresh approaches and beginnings.
In July 1995, just months after the Great Hanshin Awaji Earthquake “ripped through the heart of the historic port town of Kobe”, an article by T.
I would like to let you know how deeply touched I am by the courage of those victims who have survived this catastrophe and who, by bracing themselves, are demonstrating their determination to live on Last year, in March 2013, I had the opportunity of being part of an Indian student delegation that visited the Fukushima prefecture, under the Japanese government’s “Youth-Exchange Project with Asia-Oceania and North America”, to understand the effects of the “triple disaster” of March 2011 and study the government’s responses towards overcoming them.
What the “Kizuna (‘kizuna’ is the Japanese word for ‘bond’) Project” provided us was the privilege of proximity - even if only for a short time.
In Japan, tears do fall, but less noisily.”“Relief operations are now under way with the government mobilizing all its capabilities, but, in the bitter cold, many people who were forced to evacuate are facing extremely difficult living conditions due to shortages of food, drinking water and fuel.
I can only hope that by making every effort to promptly implement relief for evacuees, their conditions will improve, even if only gradually, and that their hope for eventual reconstruction will be rekindled.
It means, as the late Emperor Hirohito once put it, “to bear the unbearable,” to accept without complaint whatever fate may throw in your path.
The concept is closely connected with the Japanese predilection for hard work.
And on the white walls outside the quickly - but efficiently - assembled homes, volunteers, together with the children living therein, had drawn paintings of green trees with pink heart-shaped leaves, when they felt the mood among the residents there was very gloomy.