With a culture like this (refer below), how can they not slowly rebuild?
In the face of calamity, a decent people has proved extremely resilient: no looting; very little complaining among the tsunami survivors. In Tokyo people queued patiently to meet their tax deadlines. Everywhere there was a calm determination to conjure a little order out of chaos. Volunteers have rushed to help. ~ The Economist, Japan's hydra-headed disaster: The falloutRead the entire article here.
And Mr. Howard Stringer, chairman, CEO and President of Sony Corp. writes a commentary for The Wall Street Journal (3/18/11) that I wish I would have written. I so agree with his sentiments about the Japanese having a national spirit of grace, generosity, and common cause that just never gives up.
Read the entire article: Howard Stringer: The Japanese Will Persevere and Never Give Up
A recent article I authored before the Japan crisis for About.com (Import and Export): Japan Business: 5 Ways to Build Harmony With Japanese Customers
And an old piece about my experience doing business in Japan reflecting my love of the country and its people: An American Trader in Japan.
Posted by: Laurel Delaney, The Global Small Business Blog