Today on The Point Radio, John Stonestreet gives an excellent commentary on why there are no reports of looting in Japan. My sister, who survived the earthquake and tsunami, confirmed that there are no cases of panic-buying in her town, and grocery stores set limits on the quantity of food items one can buy to ensure everyone has enough share of food supplies. Water, electricity, and oil are also equally rationed, and everyone has been calm and cooperative about it.
Some articles have published explanations such as cultural homogeneity, race, history, fear of authority, culture of superiority, and politeness. Whatever it is, it is a character that Japan has successfully cultivated in its people to maintain peace and order in times of terrible chaos. It made the Japanese rise from massive destruction in World War II to become one of the most industrialized nations in the world. They did it, and history may once again repeat itself.
People around the world are noticing Japan’s example of how human beings should respond to national tragedies. I echo John’s conclusion that it should make us think about the character we want to cultivate in ourselves and our children.