Why is there no looting in Japan?
FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
In the wake of Japan's deadly earthquake, tsunami and nuclear power
plant explosions, we have witnessed the almost indescribable chaos that
follows a disaster of this magnitude: loss of life, severe injuries,
homelessness, lack of water, food and proper medical care, the physical
destruction of towns and cities, and a growing fear of radioactive
contamination from power plants that seem beyond anyone's ability to
But one heart-wrenching byproduct of disasters like this one has been missing in Japan, and that’s looting and lawlessness.
Looting is something we see after almost every tragedy; for example:
last year's earthquakes in Haiti and Chile, the floods in England in
2007, and of course Hurricane Katrina back in 2005. It happens when some
people who've seen life as they know it get tossed out the window feel
that all morality has been tossed out too. It's survival of the fittest
and whatever you can get your hands on is yours, no matter who it
But that's not happening in Japan.
Journalist and social commentator Ed West wrote in the UK Telegraph
yesterday how struck he was by the Japanese culture throughout this
ordeal. He observed how supermarkets cut their prices in the days
following the quake and how vending machine owners were giving out free
drinks as "people work together to survive." And West was most surprised
by the fact that there was no looting.
Many have pointed to the popularity of Japan's distinctive Buddhist
and Shinto religions as well as how the values of conformity and
consensus are considered virtues in their culture. That's one
explanation, but it probably has something to do with remaining true to
your moral code even in the darkest hours.
Here’s my question to you: Why is there no looting in Japan?
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