In March 2011, Japan was unraveled by, what may be termed as possibly one of the worst and most horrible earthquakes ever. The subsequent 10-meter high tsunami traveled across the whole Pacific coast of the country, sweeping away boats, cars, people, and homes. Check out also this video, though be aware that the footage is very disturbing:

Though the early warning systems did reduce the chances of some loss of life, the death toll crossed 10,000 and many are were missed, and thousands have lost their homes. The earthquake, measuring 8.9 on the Richter scale, has shifted the island by around 8 feet and is thought to have affected the earth’s axis.

Japan was already full of a number of economic challenges and these events were a major reverse to its economic recovery process. All of the affected areas were rendered totally disabled, where trading of daily essentials was also suffering from a shortage of all sorts of supplies.

Though the commercial zones in Japan had not been directly affected by the earthquake and tsunami, production was at a halt in many parts of the country. The transport industry was among the worst hit by the tsunami and there were huge opportunity costs of lost production.

Foreign employees were being evacuated, while auto majors, such as Honda, Toyota, and Nissan stopped operations entirely. There were over 110 aftershocks over the two days after the earthquake, with the biggest one, 6.0 on Richter scale, to hit Tokyo on the Wednesday after the tsunami.

The earth shook, the windows shattered, rooms sprained, collapsed, protruded as the water was pulled rear just like a slingshot, releasing at rates of speed topping 600 miles per hour, and a 30 feet walls broke the beaches of Japan. Some people say it had to do with that we really have to live a greener life!

Within twenty-four hours, mothers were forming throughout lines so rations of rice and water became available. Fathers were shoveling mud from their own homes and businesses; determined to be able to start their lives over once again. Yet, inside the midst of their resiliency, the threat of cancer-causing radiation loomed over their land.

What could the people do now this particular problem struck their homeland? Would you, like Japan’s top-level engineers, have decided to stay at the nuclear plants, exposing yourself to high levels of radiation? The engineers sacrificed their lives to be able to help save the masses.

Or would you be like the parents that decided to wait in line each day for hours in order to receive portions of food for their family, only to share these with the elderly and disabled in their own town? Maybe you would be among the people who were spared, whose residence was left standing and whose cabinets and pantries were still full. Would you risk not obtaining enough by sharing your resources, so your own neighbors had something to eat and drink?

It’s impossible to recognize the way we might react. If you believe our actions follow our thoughts and desires, you most likely know whether you would stay and serve, flee out of fear, or give up from grief and loss. These were the options faced by the survivors of Japan’s 9.0 earthquake, subsequent tsunami, and nuclear plant meltdowns. See also this post about setting up a business in Japan.

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