I think many people feel that the credibility of Japan has fallen sharply after the event of “3.11 Fukushima”. I also regret to say that we do not see any signs yet of trust in Japan recovering. Why is this so? The recent issues of TPP or Olympus could be examples of reasons for such mistrust.
On the other hand, we witnessed how the people at the “3.11” stricken area have manifested their wonderful energy. The whole world saw the fundamental strength embedded in the genes of the Japanese people. But this is only one side of the coin, and if seen from the other side, we might also see the weakness of the Japanese people in being rather too quiet or obedient.
However, the local victims of the 3.11 Eastern Japan Earthquake and Tsunami are now taking actions towards recovery. While the government sector is doing nothing much than reciting the mantra of “the third opening of Japan”, the series of concrete actions taken by the civilian section may, in the end, pave the way in the real word towards the true “third opening of Japan”
Recently my colleague and I wrote an opinion in Japan Times. Hope you will take a look at it.