Most gravely affected people are the ones already suffering by tsunami. Attention was diverted to this hopeless mismanagement. The reputation of Japan will remain the same: people with contempt rooted before the accident will see this incident as their contempt vindicated. Others will see this incident more objectively.
The corruptions between major industries and government is more well know in US because their resource rich energy sectors are much more influential in domestic and global stages. This shadowy collaboration has managed to evade serious criticisms in Japan up to now. No one was really surprised by the incompetence of the Tokyo electric company after series of mismanagements preceding this self-inflicted catastrophe. But we were just astounded by their magnitude of their incompetence.
Link of news about Fukushima.
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All sympathy go to the victims of the tsunami and earthquake: but Tokyo people may have unintentionally invited current mess: the meltdown of infrastructures. They were so proud of the city. But now their weakness was exposed and other will not remember it. One way or another this is the end of their era. Japan will likely become very different after this. This is opportunity for other parts of Japan.
The cause of the tsunami: Some one in Tokyo, unfortunately, its mayor deserves a pico-gram of sympathy. In a public interview he declared that the tsunami was a punishment from the God for greed; material, money and sex. He idolizes the past at age 79 forgot about many victims were older people. He is seamlessly running for his 4th term. Shintaro Ishihara is infamous for his racism and sexism, and proved himself a jerk once again.
He was re-elected but there were no serious contenders. The earth quake hindered any practical campaign. What kind of idiots voted for him?
I saw this entry a month ago and speculated about the natural disasters; a big earth-quake would hit Tokyo for sure not so distant future. As every one knows now, the big one hit Tohoku, which is far, but devastated the east part of Japan. But this is not THE BIG one which will inevitably hit Tokyo near future. Imagine if the 50 percent of the GDP were concentrated in Tokyo as you dreamed, Japan would have faced complete disarray if not a meltdown.
At this moment of the unprecedented disaster, the western part of Japan remains completely peaceful. Japanese economy will recover because of geographical diversity which acts as national safety net. Of course, all the people, not only in the rest of Japan but also rest of the world as you noticed form your own email box, feel sympathy for those who affected and suffering. But, over-specialization, as you have notice in your own entries, often leads to extinction when its environment suddenly changes. So do you still advocate your wonderful Tokyo centric future dream enterprise for Japan?