"Japan's tsunami was one of the most recorded disasters ever to be captured on film, lending a visual power to story-telling unmatched since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks almost a decade ago," writes David Bauder — Images of disaster in Japan lend visual power. "What, though, do these images do? Do they change how we perceive the event? Do more higher-quality images of catastrophe make it seem more real or more movielike? Will we remember the 2011 Japan tsunami differently than its calamitous predecessors because we saw so much of it so quickly?"
"The unbelievable sight of rich Japan — famous for trains running like clockwork, state-of-the-art gadgets, concern for safety and order — laid low by a freak force of nature beyond human control has been a terrifying wake-up call," says Joji Sakurai, calling the recent disaster "one of the most significant calamities of our time — one that shapes policies, economies, even philosophies for decades to come in an increasingly interconnected world" — Japan tragedy seared into the world's imagination.
"The Fukushima Daiichi power plant disaster has become a textbook example of what not to do in an emergency," says Alistair Nicholas — People have to come before profits, even in a crisis. "Possibly for the first time in Japanese history, people started seriously questioning those in positions of authority. They felt they had a right to get accurate and truthful updates in a timely manner and that it was not forthcoming."
"The temblor and tidal wave can be blamed on a deliberately cruel God or a murderously impersonal Mother Nature," writes Jim Goad, but "[t]he reactors’ possible meltdown is the result of human diddling with natural laws that mankind has obviously yet to master" — Nuclear Holocaust Denial.
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