Japan will be fine. She will be better than before. She is relearning the value of community, simplicity, courage, compassion, cooperation. People are leaving gifts of food and water to total strangers, seeing the stars for the first time.
Japan will develop the most sophisticated wind energy program on the planet. She'll develop community housing and public transportation. New technologies in communications will evolve.
Many Japanese will emigrate to Europe, the Americas, Australia, New Zealand and return money to relatives back home. In a few decades, they will return to their homeland, brimming with even better visions of recovery, having lived in heterogeneous communities.
Japan will be the first nation to evolve beyond corporate, crony capitalism into something more humanistic, cooperative and sustainable. Japan will show us the way.
I have no idea where it came from and I'm not a woo woo person. I just know it can happen. The Japanese went from submitting to cultural expectations to flirting with American style individualism. But, in their hearts, they are Japanese, and that comes first. Cell phones, Elvis impersonations and Lolicon don't matter a hill of beans now. Japanese aren't afraid of hard work and do not indulge in self pity. They know how to do it without complaining and they know how to live sparse.
I grieve for the dead, for the families, for lost art and culture.
And I look at what Japan has done since the end of WWII. Yes, they got economic assistance from the "West." But THEY did the work. The Japanese TOILET is a miracle of modern science, compared to squatting over an open hole in the floor. They'll innovate their way out of this, watch and see.
I just think we need to start spreading this rumor, and it will happen.