Home > Life in Japan > Features
  print button email button

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

VIEWS FROM THE STREET

Tokyo: How has Japan changed since the disasters of 3/11?


By JULIAN PETERS

News photo

Fumie Yoshihiro
Office worker, 29 (Japanese)
Young people have become more aware of government. They no longer keep their opinions to themselves and have found a voice through demonstrations, etc. Small communities have become vocal.

News photo

Martin Leroux
Musician, 25 (French/Filipino)
Japan seems to have become more compassionate and open to international relations due to the large number of foreign volunteers. The world in turn can now see Japan's solidarity and strength.

News photo

Izumi Narita
Contract worker, 31 (Japanese)
People are more aware of the environment around them. Due to the power outages last year, they are more careful about not wasting electricity. We are also more prepared for future emergencies.

News photo

Scott Lemmon
Mechanical engineer, 28 (American)
I live in Osaka. Despite being on a different grid, the people of Osaka still saved power. They did this as a sign of empathy and unity with the east. There has been a sense of togetherness since last March.

News photo

Manami Takahashi
Songwriter, 31 (Japanese)
We've changed the way we view the world in front of us, especially with regards to family and friends. We appreciate how easily things can be lost and so have rediscovered their real value to us.

News photo

Tosh Aoshima
Self-employed, 29 (Japanese)
People's attitude to life has changed. Whereas before they led a "safe" existence and procrastinated, now people seem more likely to chase their goals today and not wait until tomorrow.

Interested in gathering views in your neighborhood? E-mail community@japantimes.co.jp


Back to Top

About us |  Work for us |  Contact us |  Privacy policy |  Link policy |  Registration FAQ
Advertise in japantimes.co.jp.
This site has been optimized for modern browsers. Please make sure that Javascript is enabled in your browser's preferences.
The Japan Times Ltd. All rights reserved.