Why can't we emulate the Japanese?

March 29, 2011

Regarding your article "Japanese lessons" (March 27), having spent almost two years in the service in Japan during the 1940s, I have a special interest in your description of the people living there today. It is a pity the same collaborative effort demonstrated by the Japanese in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami is not generally prevalent in our own urban communities today.

Yes, it does exist in some areas, but on a national basis, it does not. The Biblical admonition "we are our brothers' keepers" should be our guide, but unfortunately it does not exist. Excuses abound — too many to repeat.

It is my hope the readers of your columns will be many and that perhaps they will be moved to think about life here and maybe about changing our ways.

Richard L. Lelonek

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