"Minna no kimochi de."
So much of interest going on in the world, I often feel myself, with a US perspective, quite the provincial:
If I were to have a wish granted on this subject, it would not be for Japan to precisely ape our Western culture and system as so many policy wonks and journalists seem to want it to. I am not sure how such a thing would be what the Japanese would find remotely comfortable. But surely, in the ability to be so other directed, to empathize deeply with the needs of others and to act with minna no kimochi, there must be some way of being that can inspire the Japanese to live with renewed and enviable purpose. Thirty-seven-year-old Mayumi, a mother like me, wrote this in an email: "This nuclear power plant disaster is not just a problem for Japan, but a problem for the rest of the world ... If what happened in Japan happened in America, would you think it was OK to live your life with nuclear power? Think if you want to leave this kind of nuclear power for your children."
Earlier this week, Japan surprised the world by reversing its commitment to nuclear power and stating it would build no new plants. Looks like heroism to me.
Missed this entirely. You'd think that Japan building no new nuclear plants would be headline new, but no. It would also be interesting to know how such a decision was taken. Readers?