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No Looting In Japan After Quake

Several news sources have reported there has been NO looting following the earthquake in Japan, and I have found places on line saying the crime rate in Japan is very low compared to other countries. Is the cause religion based or some other reason?

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//I NEVER said I understood //

Caution: asking a straightforward question can be met with extreme sarcasm on CNet.
---aka on 3/23/11


Kathr4453-- GOOD. you finally see that Buddhists do not believe in "reincarnation"...(this is a common misunderstanding) they don't even call it "reincarnation". That is a Hindu belief (though it may have rubbed off some on Tibetan Buddhists.) Any body here is intelligent enough to to find web sites if they are interested.

I'm not a nuclear physicist...
You neither, but you've obviously spent some time studying.

I NEVER said I understood "suffering with Christ" That was the whole point of the other blog. I was asking YOU to explain it...not because I understood it, but because I didn't. I still don't!

Talk about misrepresenting what somebody says!
---Donna66 on 3/23/11


Cluny, radiation from xrays Gamma radiation, in no way gave an accurate indication to the effects of alpha radiation and those effects. Would we actually have detonated a A Bomb in NM if we knew those effects.

Those effects are still being studied to this day.





---kathr4453 on 3/23/11


kathr, why did you drag X-ray machines into the argument?
---Cluny on 3/23/11


Cluny, let me say it this way, an XRAY machine was not detonated in the NM Dessert. An Atomic bomb was.
---kathr4453 on 3/23/11




Sorry Cluny, please know facts before you make silly statements. ALPHA Radiation, not that of Xray machines were in fact tested in NM. The only testing one could do on a dropped xray machine would be the goat who are it!

On this day in history, July 16:The world was forever changed in 1945, when the first atomic bomb ( not an xray machine) was tested in the New Mexico desert. Codenamed Trinity, the test of the 19-kiloton bomb led to a sudden end to World War II and ushered in the atomic age.

First Atomic Bomb Tested in New Mexico Desert .
---kathr4453 on 3/23/11


There are three main types of radiation:

* Alpha radiation
* Beta radiation
* Gamma radiation

The fissionable uranium and plutonium isotopes are radioactive, and their activity consists in the emission of what are called alpha particles. These are a form of nuclear radiation, since they are expelled from atomic nuclei, but they differ from the beta particles arising from the fission products in being much heavier and carrying a positive electrical charge. Alpha particles are, in fact, identical with the nuclei of helium atoms.
---kathr4453 on 3/23/11


\\No one dropped an Xray machine out of a plane in NM to test.\\

Neither did they drop the bomb out of a plane at Alamagordo for the Trinity test, either, kathr.

I'm reasonably certain, however, that instruments to measur all emissions, including X-rays, were present at the test. (An X-ray machine itself would not be one of these instruments.)
---Cluny on 3/23/11


donna66, I'm gald you see the difference in radiation decay, and the differences. No one dropped an Xray machine out of a plane in NM to test.

donna, anyone here can pull up numerous web sites all stating Buddhists do infact believe in reincarnation. They don't believe they come back as a cow or worm tough. They do not believe in a soul or final death. THIS is the issue in reaching them with the Gospel.

Please research THEIR belief in re-incarnatio.

peace!
---kathr4453 on 3/23/11


Donna, this may help.

The Dalai Lama is regarded by Tibetans as one of a succession of (so far) 14 incarnations of the Buddha of compassion, Chenrezig ("the Seeing-Eye" Lord), who long has been considered to be the patron deity of Tibet. Here is a brief biography of the thirteen Dalai Lamas who have come before Tenzin Gyatso.

Sources: The Biographies of the Dalai Lamas by Ya Hanzhang,1991, The Dalai Lamas of Tibet by Thubten Samphel and Tendar, and Dr. Roger Jackson, Carlton College.
---kathr4453 on 3/23/11




The Buddhist concept of reincarnation differs from others in that there is no eternal "soul", "spirit' or self" but only a "stream of consciousness" that links life with life. The actual process of change from one life to the next is called punarbhava (Sanskrit) or punabbhava literally "becoming again", or more briefly bhava, "becoming", and some English-speaking Buddhists prefer the term "rebirth" or "re-becoming" to render this term as they take "reincarnation" to imply a fixed entity that is reborn. In Buddhist the process occurs across five or six realms of existence, including the human, any kind of animal and several types of supernatural being.
---kathr4453 on 3/23/11


John, why do Obama and his activities mean so much to you?
---Cluny on 3/23/11


Kathr4453

Buddhism has never taught reincarnation. Buddah would roll over in his grave!
Reincarnation is a Hindu concept.You cannot lump Hinduism and Buddhism together.

Yes, gamma rays and x-rays have different wave lengths.
They penetrate to different depths is all.Their effects are those of severity, not quality.

lets not bore folks any longer with this.
---Donna66 on 3/23/11


I see John is back at it spewing his hate and SHOUTING at all of us once again. LOL
---obewan on 3/22/11


AND WHERE IS OUR FEARLESS LEADER? GOING TO A BEACH IN RIO FOR SPRING BREAK!!!

All while one of our allies are in complete devestation and our troops are at war being killed.

NICE ROLE MODEL!!! NICE GUY!!! ALL HEART!!!
---John on 3/22/11


Gamma, XRAY radiation is not the same, and the effects of three different kinds of radiation decay do have different effects.

donna66, You said Buddhists do not believe in re-incarnation??? Did you not? Buddhists do in fact believe in reincarnation.

Did you watch the movie "7 years in Tibet? If in fact you did, you will see the worms mentioned had nothing to do with re-incarnation.

You, like someone else here took what I said EMBELLISHED out of context and went off on a tangent, just as you did on the sinless blog, only later to admit here, you really didn't know what the fellowship of His suffering was in the first place.

But that didn't stop you from attacking me then did it?

Conversation OVER.
---kathr4453 on 3/22/11


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The majority of Japanese are BUDDHISTS. They believe in re-incarnation, karma. Even the worms are revered and protected. ( Has anyone seen "7 Years in Tibet?.

I believe all this has influenced how Japanese BUDDHISTS people behave.

My underatanding too is they do not pray to God or a god.


---kathr4453 on 3/20/11

I hope that settles it. I see nothing amiss with this statement. I also do not see kathr stating anything donna has accused her of saying.

donna, lay off the sauce.
---Laura on 3/22/11


Kathr4453--
1. The Hindus have reverence for animal life BECAUSE they believe in reincarnation. I said that, you didn't. If they revered all life, they would not practice the caste system, nor call members of the lower caste,"untouchable".
2. I never said diet had anything to do with looting.
3. Gamma radiation is what was studied before the A bomb was dropped. That's the same radiation you get from an x-ray. The effect on animals was studied by the U.S. military. I don't know when Civilian research was done.
4. I thought you wanted to end this discussion. So why didn't you?
---Donna66 on 3/22/11


donna66, describing those to the BUDDHISTS in Tibet in no way described Hindu's. Those I compared to in Tibet were Buddhists, and that is who I made the comparison. So your unwillingness to place the correct word Buddhists is out of stubbornness, and not philosophical beliefs.

You focused on MEAT eaters vs Non meat eaters. What we eat has nothing to do with what comes out of the heart. You obviously believe it does.

Confucius also plays a major role in how they think, and he was neither Buddhist or Hindu.
---kathr4453 on 3/22/11


Kathr4453-- Well, I can't just substitute the word Buddhist for Hindu
in your post because you were describing Hinduism, not Buddhism. But, I agree, it's really not worth arguing about.
---Donn66 on 3/22/11

donna66, I believe if you understood the fellowship of His sufferings, leading to a more Christ-like person, you would find through sufferings, that 1st Corinthians 13 might actually manifest through your attitude. It would certainly make it so much easier, out of love, to place Buddhist in place of Hindu.

But that would take a little wounding of self-pride wouldn't it, which never leads to being conformed to His Image.
---kathr4453 on 3/22/11


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Kathr4453-- Well, I can't just substitute the word Buddhist for Hindu
in your post because you were describing Hinduism, not Buddhism. But, I agree, it's really not worth arguing about.
---Donn66 on 3/22/11


1.)Yes donna, I was aware from the beginning you totally misrepresented my comment on worms ASSUMING I meant reincarnation and possible ancestry. One can have reverence for life, even the life of an earth worm, without beieving it is your distant aunt, or believe in re-incarnation.


2.)The cultural behavior of meat eaters, (both Japanese and Americans eat meat) OBVIOUSLY could not be the factor in looting vs non looting.

3.)There are also 3 kinds of radiation. What KIND of radiation was tested for years on animals...the kind emitted from an A Bomb? And how so? If teh first one wasn't tested until 1945, THAT kind of radiation was not tested on aniimals for years.
---kathr4453 on 3/22/11


donna YES I did say Hindu and compared them to the Hindu in Tabit...No Hindu in Tibrt HA!!! Although I said Hindu, you corrected me, I apologized for that error. Now take my post and insert Buddist in place of Hindu. Was that difficult? Now with the correct word..BUDDIST, I still stand by my comment.

Are we done here??

I also said no one knew the effects of radiation ON HUMANS, I was not talking about animals. If we knEw the effects on animals why the heck did we set off those bombs in our own back yard NM, and NV. People did get cancer. Oh yea, Agent Orange didn't cause issues either, or the Gulf war syndrom( it's all in their heads right? Do we know and don't care, or do we cover up. My nephew died of cancer. Military!
---kathr4453 on 3/21/11


I did not misrepresent what you said.
You said "The majority of Japanese are Hindu. They believe in re-incarnation, karma. Even the worms are revered and protected."
Hindus protect all animal life because, according to reincarnation, an animal could be an ancestor in animal form.

In comparing Japanese culture, I mentioned that they raise and eat beef (thus could not be Hindus).
---Donna66 on 3/21/11


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kathr4453 -- You are right. I still don't understand what you mean by " the fellowship of His suffering". Perhaps sometime on another blog you can explain it to me more clearly.
---Donna66 on 3/21/11


Donna66, my father still living, was one of teh first nuclear engineers in the USA, graduating from MIT. He also worked at Stanford in Washington State. Built like Chernoble, was closed after Chernole. He has written many papers, on record in DC.

EXCUSE me for confusing Buddism with Hinduism, which Buddism came from Hindu.

Althouth there are three branches of Buddism, the base core of this PHILOSOPHY/Religion, many of their basic human beliefs are the same, as I listed.

Now that we've stated our posts, let's move on.

You were looking for anything to nit pick, missing the point.

Even Jainism, although not Hindu, also have similiar beliefs, yet are not Hindu, who live in India, NEITHER EAT MEAT.
---kathr4453 on 3/21/11


Correction: Hanford in Washington State, not Stanford. know I'll get ripped on that too. Yes, my father has Graves disease, from living there, along with many many who have many illnesses. My boss years ago, lived in Spokane Wa, told me of many there with strange illnesses( they got the updraft) his mother and uncle both along with several in town have MS or MD, can't remember. actually a class action law suit was filed on the behalf of many. My dad did not participate though.

He wrote on the dangers of Nuclear energy. Today however, NP Plants are being built safer than Hanford.



---kathr4453 on 3/21/11


Kathr4453--First you try to tell us that the Japanese are Hindus...then you try to say that they practice "Tibetan Buddhism". My only reason for answering you is to state the truth.

Tibetan Buddhism is practiced in Tibet,the Himalayas, Nepal, Bhutan, Mongolia and Russia...all far removed from Japan.

You studied Apologetics. My minor in college was in Asian Religions. What I know about the A bomb, I learned from my father who participated in the original research for the U.S. Army. Chemical Corps in WWII. Thus I take a greater interest in these topics than some.
---Donna66 on 3/21/11


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Geraldine, the answer is both in culture and a homogenous population. Remember the heart of every man is desperately wicked so what we are seeing is not people who will never riot but people with a longer fuse. Satan is alive and well including in Japan for which crime is very low, vacations are few, the move of the Holy Spirit is largely quenched and suicides are sky high.
Some fool somewhere will attempt to make a political statement about this but its nonsense. Nothing has changed since Genesis 6:5-6.
The most serine society is fully capable of rejecting Christ Jesus.
---larry on 3/21/11


donna66, Did I say anything about eating/not eating worms? You again presume upon something I did not say. And with your presumptuousness you create an argument only in your own imagination, just like on teh sinless blog. I gave a verse about the fellowship of His sufferings, and you went off on a tangent accusing me of I don't know what, then popping off this and that, when I stated nothing of the kind. There is another on here who does teh same thing. And you want to hail the Japanese on how polite and sweet they are, and how awful we are all the while showing yourself to be one of those awful people.

And I don't see Cluny's response as you do.

Saved Christians are not LOST.
---kathr4453 on 3/21/11


10 Buddist beliefs:

1.Not harming living beings
2.Not taking anything not given
3.Not misusing sensual pleasures
4.Not speaking falsely or abusively
5.Not taking intoxicating drinks or drugs
6.Not eating solid foods after mid-day
7.Not engaging in frivolous amusements
8.not adoring one's body
9.Not sleeping in a high or luxurious place
10.Not being involved with money.

Interestingly either teh Mayor or Prime minister stated he thought Japan was being punished because they had become greedy. #10
---kathr4453 on 3/21/11


kath4453--A good Hindu doesn't eat meat period. As you said "Even the worms are revered and protected."

I thought Cluny was in agreement with you when he said,
"Which of us is NOT a sinner"
---Donna66 on 3/21/11


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donna66, I have researched and also at one time worked for an Apologetics Ministry. This is what they have researched, and if you look at many sites, not just your own, you may actually find you yourself do not have all the facts.

I believe you are looking for an argument donna66. You will have to find someone else to nit at their heels.

And I see you really don't understand the fellowship of His sufferings, (that post is closed). so, please stop trying to start a fight.

You tried with radiation, not this now that. Move on!
---kathr4453 on 3/21/11


There are a number of references to Mahakala in several Asian religions but the word Mahakaal is from Sanskrit, the ancient language of Hindus. It is still the language of all Hindu Rituals.

Mahakala is relied upon in all schools of Tibetan Buddhism.
---kathr4453 on 3/21/11


The 14th Dalai Lama (religious name: Tenzin Gyatso, (7 yearws in Tibet)shortened from Jetsun Jamphel Ngawang Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso, born Lhamo Dondrub,[2] 6 July 1935) is the 14th and current Dalai Lama. Dalai Lamas are the most influential figures in the Gelugpa lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.

So, those in Tibet are Buddist, and those in Japan, the majority are Buddists...correct?

If you didn't see the movie, you won't know what I meant by the worms.

My comparison was made to those in Tibet...Buddists, who do have much in commonwith those in Japan. Same religion???.

But donna66, you missed AGAIN the whole point.

I simply stated I believe their religion has much to do with their culture.



---kathr4453 on 3/21/11


//Also the Japanese mafia has taken to patrol the streets.//

they want to control and protect their revenue. there is a lot more money in extortion, gaming, and prostitution (organized crime) than there is in petty thievery (chaotic crime).
---aka on 3/21/11


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\\Cluny, As a saved person, believing in Jesus Christ, and ONE TRUE God, as I hope you too are, your comment is out of place,\\

You think that stops you from being a sinner?

To whom do you think St. John wrote those words, "If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is NOT in us"?

Hint--it wasn't non-Christians.
---Cluny on 3/21/11


I don't recall even mentioning eating or not eating meat. Some do, some don't. And their religion and roots are so close, I APLOGIZE for any confusion.

Cluny, As a saved person, believing in Jesus Christ, and ONE TRUE God, as I hope you too are, your comment is out of place, unless you believe as Mother Teresa, that it doesn't matter what you believe, as long as you do what you believe. So meaning anyone's god can get you there.

I'm a saved SINNER, through Jesus Christ. Buddists and Hindu ARE LOST! So are Islams, Mormons, and JW's just to mention a few.
---kathr4453 on 3/21/11


Kathr4453 -- Contrary to whatever encyclopedia you consulted, Buddhism does not teach either Karma or Reincarnation. That is not to say that some Japanese Buddhists don't believe in them. (Some Americans do too, but it doesn't make them Hindus)
The Japanese culture has little in common with Hindu culture. The Japanese do not revere animals as possible ancestors nor practice a caste system. Many people worldwide, accept "cause and effect ethics", without believing in "Karma" or Hinduism.
---Donna66 on 3/21/11


Buddhism is one of the leading world religions in terms of adherents, geographical distribution, and socio-cultural influence. While largely an Eastern religion, it is becoming increasingly popular and influential in the Western world. It is a unique world religion in its own right, though it has much in common with Hinduism in that both teach Karma (cause-and-effect ethics), Maya (the illusory nature of the world), and Samsara (the cycle of reincarnation). Buddhists believe that the ultimate goal in life is to achieve enlightenment as they perceive it.
---kathr4453 on 3/21/11


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\\They are human, lost, and in God's eyes, sinners.
---kathr4453 on 3/20/11
\\

Which is us is NOT a sinner?

if you say you have no sin, kathr4453, you deceive yourself, and the Truth--Jesus--is NOT IN YOU!
---Cluny on 3/21/11


Though Hinduism is a little-practiced religion in Japan, it still has a significant, but indirect role in the formation of Japanese culture because many Buddhist beliefs and traditions (which share a common Dharmic root with Hinduism) spread to Japan from China via Korean peninsula in the 6th Century. One indication of this is the Japanese "Seven Gods of Fortune",which three originated as Hindu deities, including Benzaitensama (Sarasvati), Bishamon or Kubera), and Daikoku (Shiva). Benzaiten arrived in Japan during the 6th through 8th centuries, mainly via the Chinese translations of the Sutra of Golden Light ( & #37329, & #20809, & #26126, & #32076,), which has a section devoted to her.
---kathr4453 on 3/21/11


Kathr -- Hindus? the Japanese?
I'm afraid you are confused. And Tibet is nowhere near Japan! You don't see Japanese woman with a red dot on their forehead (That should have been a clue).

Most Japanese are Buddhists! (at least by tradition)They produce some of the most succulent beef in the world (Kobe beef). And take no extraordinary steps to save animals (other than their household pets). Reincarnation and karma are associated mainly with Hinduism. One of the most fundamental doctrines of Buddhism is anatta, or anatman -- no soul or no self.!

Prior to WWII. The Japanese Emporer was considered divine and he decided Japan was to rule the world...thus their attack on the US.
---Donna66 on 3/21/11


Kathr-- Let me quote from my prior post: Very little respect for others seen (or taught) in American culture now. (The behavior of many "Christians" toward others on these blogs is a case in point). As you see, I was speaking of lack of respect, not "groupthink" (that was obewan, referring to the Japanese, who indeed are taught to respond as a group from early childhood). Read carefully.

However, I agree that "groupthink" will be programmed into almost everybody when the Anti-Christ comes.. except that people won't agree, as the Japanese do, just to be polite. They will actually believe what Anti-Christ says.
---Donna66 on 3/21/11


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The majority of Japanese are Hindu. They believe in re-incarnation, karma. Even the worms are revered and protected. ( Has anyone seen "7 Years in Tibet?.

I believe all this has influenced how Japanese Hindu people behave.

My underatanding too is they do not pray to God or a god.

There have been reports of looting. At least 40 reports. Also the Japanese mafia has taken to patrol the streets.

Didn't Japan pretended to be our friend before WWII all the while planning to attack. I believe this is called Treachery.

So, we need to remember, they are not saints. They are human, lost, and in God's eyes, sinners.
---kathr4453 on 3/20/11


Jerry "But that difference does not explain the New Orleans looters. I thing we can thank our godless, left-wing liberals for that"

Please explain!!

??????
---alan8566_of_uk on 3/20/11


A Japanese person will hesitate to disagree, however politely, with anyone who is not close to him. He will say what he considers to be polite, regardless of his personal feelings. ---Donna66 on 3/19/11


From birth people in Japan are immersed in a community culture where they are taught a groupthink mentality.
---obewan on 3/19/11

(The behavior of many "Christians" toward others on these blogs is a case in point)
---Donna66 on 3/19/11

Well when anti-christ comes, group thinking will certainly be acceptable. We will all politely agree with him.

God forbid any individual thinking should be seen, or expressed.

Praise God for the reformers!
---kathr4453 on 3/20/11


we often try to explain different phenomena through our own egocentric eyes, and end up arguing in silly circles and go off on unwarranted tangents.

From an article in Slate on-line:

"How is that culture defined? An absence of looting. A better explanation may be structural factors: a robust system of laws that reinforce honesty, a strong police presence, and, ironically, active crime organizations..."

please read on...
---aka on 3/20/11


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Shame on you Trav!
---Mary on 3/19/11

There will be. Be some on you too sis. Both for different reasons.

You'd really had problems with a man after GOD's own heart. He tolerated less. Reflect on David some, I will.
Psalm 44:10
Thou makest us to turn back from the enemy: and they which hate us spoil for themselves.
Psalm 44:7
But thou hast saved us from our enemies, and hast put them to shame that hated us.
Psalm 97:10
Ye that love the LORD, hate evil: he preserveth the souls of his saints, he delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked.
Psalm 118:7
The LORD taketh my part with them that help me: therefore shall I see my desire upon them that hate me.
---Trav on 3/20/11


Donna: Peace. But that difference does not explain the New Orleans looters. I thing we can thank our godless, left-wing liberals for that.
---jerry6593 on 3/20/11

We allow these left-winged buzzards to roost in our buildings. I blame me and ones like me and us.

There is something noticable missing in Katrina that is attributable to cause. Heb 8:10/Jer 31:33.
---Trav on 3/20/11


jerry6593 - Scripture tells us "Judge not, lest ye be judged." To call any group of God's children godless sounds very unloving. It is harder to love those we disagree with, but God would not tell us to do it if we couldn't do it!
---Geraldine on 3/20/11


Jerry6593 --- It never was my intention to explain the New Orleans looters (except to say it was self-centered, not group-centered, behavior as seen in the Japanese.)

I agree with you about the liberals who seem to want the poor to develop "learned helplessness" in order to control them.
---Donna66 on 3/20/11


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Donna: Peace. We certainly have a different culture than the Japanese - and that's great. But that difference does not explain the New Orleans looters. I thing we can thank our godless, left-wing liberals for that.
---jerry6593 on 3/20/11


jerry-- I certainly never meant to imply that Americans as a whole were as dependent as the Katrina survivors or as obnoxious as the "thug" protestors of Wisconsin. (Did I say anything like that?) I was born and raised in "flyover" country, and live there still.

But there is still a vast difference between Japanese culture and American. For example, A Japanese person will hesitate to disagree, however politely, with anyone who is not close to him. He will say what he considers to be polite, regardless of his personal feelings. (Unless, perhaps, you are LATE somewhere, you may get a mild rebuke). But respect is individual. In a crowd it's not considered rude to PUSH.

It's mostly just a different culture.
---Donna66 on 3/19/11


Well said, Donna66. As Christians, self-discipline and respect should be part of our growing in Christ every day. And parents, churches, and schools should be showing and teaching it.
---Geraldine on 3/19/11


Donna: While I concur that the difference between the Japanese conduct in the aftermath of tragedy and that of the people in New Orleans after Katrina is striking, I don't agree that is an "American vs. Japanese" cultural issue. Not all Americans are like the government-dependent indoctrinees in New Orleans. Just look at the self-help folks who survived mid-west floods. Or Compare the cleanliness of the Tea Party rallies to the filth left by the thug protesters in Madison, WI. Those of us in flyover country are not at all like those folks in the big cities.
---jerry6593 on 3/19/11


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Shame on you Trav!
---Mary on 3/19/11


From birth people in Japan are immersed in a community culture where they are taught a groupthink mentality. I saw it on a PBS special. Children in kindergarten are taught to clean the room together every day before the schoolday starts. They all sweep at once in one line across the room. There are other things they teach too to instill a groupthink mentality.
---obewan on 3/19/11


One thing for which I do admire the Japanese, is that they understand discipline and respect. A couple of generations ago we had more of those qualities in American culture. Very little respect for others seen (or taught) in American culture now. (The behavior of many "Christians" toward others on these blogs is a case in point)
---Donna66 on 3/19/11


Trav -
Also, should present-day Japanese be blamed for the war that happened seventy years ago?
...see a Japanese person unconscious in a ditch, let's stop and help. ---Geraldine on 3/18/11

Well, Geraldine by blessing of our GOD we defeated them handily.
We pulled them up from a ditch their own making afterwards. We done what they never would have...to our credit.
I'll beat you pulling one out of a ditch.
I will not give them "collective" credit for an unproven, morality as a 90% GODless race. As suggested.
I'd rather point to some facts for sheeple.
---Trav on 3/18/11


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//They have no scruples about stealing patents,research,spying or lying to gain any edge.// In business, I believe this is probably true. That's why I say the Japanese disinclination to "loot" is cultural, not moral. (I'll probably draw some objection for this view) I'm not saying it isn't praiseworthy, but it's not a reason to idealize them. Certainly their cruelty during WWII was unmatched!

As similar principle holds true in the Middle East where "hospitality" is held to be one of the highest of virtues.. They are extremely hospitable (except to Israelis or to some Westerners) Most cultures have laudable traits, but few, if any, are without racial bias.
---Donna66 on 3/18/11


Trav - You seem to believe an average Japanese person would freely loot in any country but his own. Also, should present-day Japanese be blamed for the war that happened seventy years ago? Someday we will know why God created his children in different races, but until then, if we see a Japanese person unconscious in a ditch, let's stop and help, like the good Samaritan did, without demanding evidence he deserves help.
---Geraldine on 3/18/11


We can stand to learn a thing or two from the Japanese.
---AlwaysOn on 3/16/11

Some of us did learn from WW2. You obviously haven't. Their atrocity's were typifying of their beliefs. You obviously don't compete with them in business either. They have no scruples about stealing patents,research,spying or lying to gain any edge.
Yeah...you could learn a thing or two.
Also...unless you are their race....you don't mean much. Being GOD-less wouldn't mean to you either perhaps....but, you could throw in that the majority, 90% do not believe in "my" GOD.
---Trav on 3/18/11


I still don't believe that looting (or crime in general) is widespread in Japan, but as I look more closely I've found multiple articles and photos online about looting since the tsunami. Also am reading about other more personal crimes that have taken place since then.
---AlwaysOn on 3/17/11


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Donna, brainwashing effects of White superiority over Blacks and other people of color still exists today.

This brainwashing was necessary for the power structure.
---AlwaysOn on 3/6/11

Brainwashing? Really. A foolish Racist remark that reveals your mindset.
We have to wash your brains. We were/are/will doing fine without washing anyones brains.
We aren't doing a very good job. You (eloy) diss/hiss no matter what is spent or sacrificed to equalize.
Which is a mistake in hindsight....because people resent help from those who raised theirselves.
We help you....and you hate us. Ha.
A mark and sign.
Luke 21:17
And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake.
---Trav on 3/17/11


James -- It definitely doesn't make it more "Christian". Most Japanese are Buddhists.
---Donna66 on 3/17/11


Donna66: My experience, not from Japan but Korea, is very similar - a much more communal, less self- thinking group

It does not MAKE it more Christian, though thinking of others is a need for Christians as well
---James on 3/17/11


I think Americans understand stealing every bit as well as the Japanese.The difference is not in morality, but culture.
The whole Japanese culture is group oriented, while western culture is individualistic.
We saw this when we tried to run American auto manufacturing companies they way Japanese companies are run.

Americans, particularly, are motivated by competition, and when the chips are down, tend toward self-preservation.
Japanese are taught from early childhood to work as a group, not as an individual within a group. To outwardly acknowledge competition is strongly censored.

Thus, under stress, Japanese concern themselves more with their group. Looting is a very individualistic and self- protective act.
---Donna66 on 3/16/11


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Japanese people have a cultural ethic that most Americans do not understand.
Looting is stealing. It is taking something that is not legally yours. Japanese people are for the most part a people of honour. To be a thief brings dishonour on ones self and their families.
---Tsuanne on 3/16/11


Hi, Geraldine . . . you say, below, that possibly the Japanese love their neighbor as themselves, like Jesus says. But without Jesus we can not love our neighbor the way He really means. Also, even though Japan has had the family culture that I have been told they have, this culture did not stop them from doing what they did during their empire thing of raiding and conquering China, etc. during World War 2. So, loving one's neighbor can be limited to people of one's own feather. Jesus says, "if you love those who love you, what reward have you?" in Matthew 5:46.
---Bill_willa6989 on 3/16/11


Religion should always be evident in what we do and not only in the religious labels we wear. Though many Japanese identify with Buddhism, many also practice a combination of several religions. Not sure how much of the crime rate can be attributed to religion, but I can say that Japanese appear to practice a very respectful, peaceful lifestyle.

If what I'm reading online is true, there are also social factors at play. Citizens are not allowed to own handguns and Japanese are big on not bringing shame to their families by breaking the law.

According to one U.S. state government website, crime in Japan is far lower overall than crime in America. We can stand to learn a thing or two from the Japanese.
---AlwaysOn on 3/16/11


Unlike the people in Haiti and in New Orleans.
---John on 3/16/11


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The fact that `there is no looting in Japan after the earthquake speaks highly of the Japanese people and is very commendable. But I would rather be the thief on the cross with Jesus, who was a forgiven thief, than be guiltless of thievery and lost!!!!!
---mima on 3/16/11


Bill--Thank you for your good comments. It sounds as though the Japanese culture is obeying "Love thy neighbor as thyself" without necessarily realizing Jesus commanded us to do it.
---Geraldine on 3/15/11


As I can remember > Japan has had a family culture way of doing things at home, but also in how they handle work, including a get-together for encouragement before starting the work day. So, this family style can have people less likely to think only about what they can get for themselves, including by looting.

Where there is more of a spirit of independence, ones can compete, which includes taking advantage of others' weaknesses in order to get things for oneself.
---Bill_willa6989 on 3/15/11


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