Tokyo, March 11th, 2021

Discipline and solidarity Corner Stones in Crisis Management in Japan

Exactly 10 years ago, Japan was hit by one of the worst earthquakes. Today, in the pandemic that is threatening the world since a year, Japan’s strength to rely on its core strengths of discipline and solidarity in dealing with crises is once again confirmed.

Despite fear and concern for those affected by the earthquake in Tohoku, order and calm dominated the streets. Anyone who needed help was helped. Most of the electricity in Tokyo was down, and with it the supply from restaurants or shops, but they kept their doors open to enable those passing by to visit the toilet facilities and to supply them with drinks.

The destroyed power plant in Fukushima, which was perceived to be completely isolated due to the failure of the power supply, had actually never been left. An initially small group of employees was soon supported by hundreds of volunteers from the fire brigades and employees of the electrical companies. After 10 days it was possible to reconnect the power plant to the power supply.

When the news broke out in early 2020 about a new virus that was about to spread in China, people immediately and unanimously switched and applied to the needs of protecting themselves and others. Japan did not have to impose a lock down, the request to companies to decrease office attendance by promoting home office work and the ordering of reduced opening times for restaurants and bars were sufficient to push back the threat in spring 2020 as well as the third wave today again. Wearing masks to protect others is practiced unquestionably as a natural duty of each individual.

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