Japan is prostrate and fearful, but there are no reports of widespread panic, looting or hoarding. Westerners search fro image of fear and despair but the Japanese survivors avert their faces and cover their eyes. This extraordinary stoicism can be summed up by the Japanese word 'gaman' - calm forbearance, perseverance and poise in the face of events beyond one's control. I believe we all should learn a lesson or two from the Japanese way of coping especially now in the age of 'natural and man-made disasters'.
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