Here are several posts that are popular on China’s internet, repeatedly being posted and spread on many different Chinese internet discussion forums. The first post features several photographs and captions concerning the orderly reaction of Japanese people to the Tohoku (previously Sendai) earthquake and tsunami. The second post features a story of six childcare center teachers diligently protecting and staying with the little children entrusted to their care until their parents arrived to pick them up.
Sigh, the most important thing in the face of disaster is still character…
I won’t say anything.
“8.9 magnitude earthquake, the largest earthquake in Japanese history”
Japanese people sitting on the sides of the stairs, ensuring that the center remains clear and accessible. This is the result of education, not something that can be obtained through GDP [alone].
Comments from Liba:
In China, I bet [people] would have immediately broken into and looted the surrounding convenience stores/supermarkets.
This time the cities weren’t that affected by the earthquake.
If you were in a place where an earthquake happened every few weeks, you too would be very calm.
I am again reminded of the 50 kuai per bowl of instant noodles from the time of the earthquake.
Can’t help but admire.
A tiny pellet of a country, with nothing [few resources], being able to beat the shit and piss out of Russia and China…is not without reasons…
This kind of character, is worthy of people’s respect.
First take care of yourself [in doing the proper thing], and there will be hope for this country.
In Japan, the cars yield to the people. In China, the cars can’t wait to run over your body, even if you have the green light and the car is making a turn.
Without bringing up anything else, on the character exhibited when fasting disaster, we really can’t compare.
Even when there is no disaster, for simply sitting in a seat or using the toilet, we’re capable of fighting and arguing over.
There’s nothing to say. Picks nose.
This character alone is worth us learning from.
annetta: (responding to sbh09)
After another 50 years, [we] still wouldn’t have caught up.
Seeing this, I’m actually quite a bit moved.
Nothing to be said~ It can only be said that this kind of moment only reveals their character even further~ This isn’t something that can be obtained through GDP alone~
I’ve been a fenqing before in the past, but it wasn’t until I went to Japan that I realized how one-sided I was, and that Japan indeed has many areas worth China learning from.
Their prime minister resigned for only taking several thousand RMB~~~ How can we compare to this? How can we learn from this?
I’m tearing up just looking at these.
Look at them, and then look at us.
If American again dares to say we are already a developed country, I suggest the Foreign Ministry show photos of the two country’s earthquakes side-by-side and I guarantee within the next 50 years they will not say it a second time.
Motherfucking developed your ass.
Japanese people’s character really are very high. Every time I go [to Japan] I am moved.
One thing that left a very deep impression with me was once when I was in Osaka and asked for directions at the entrance of the subway station. The ayi [auntie, lady] cleaning the elevator put down the things in her hands, tidied up, and placed them in a corner. Then she walked with me through most of the subway station until we arrived at where I wanted to go. Some of the subway station exits in Japan are very far from each other.
It was truly sincere enthusiasm/friendliness.
The Japanese people’s behavior after the earthquake~ Seeing these photos I am amazed!
What a frightening nation, no wonder such a small country was able to invade China
Having suddenly suffered a 8.9 magnitude earthquake, and at the same time as I wish the Japanese the best, I must say that I have learned a lot from this disaster… After the earthquake, Japan’s Suntory company announced that all vending machines are free to use, just press the button and the drink will come out! Japan’s 7-11 and Family Mart are all providing food and drinks for free! And the images below, I am deeply amazed… This is the image of a country, without some meeting [referring to China's recent "Two Meetings"]. Though Japan has suffered a disaster, the people of Japan have taught the world’s people a lesson.
Comments from KDS:
I’m thinking if this happened in the Heavenly Kingdom, would a lot of people have been trampled to death?
Look at Wenchuan and you’ll know.
They have drills several times a year, they even have earthquake precaution handbooks.
For fenqing, this kind of thing is really sad, [that] other people’s characters are indeed several levels higher than our own people’s/nation’s.
罗宾酱: (responding to mmx94)
This is true. In countries where earthquakes happen a lot, basically everyone knows how to take care of themselves.
But in certain places, we are indeed inferior to others, this must be admitted. Every year when we have disasters we put on a show, [but] of course that’s done just for the leaders’ to see.
During the Wenchuan Earthquake, there wasn’t mass chaos in Chengdu either.
Lou zhu can wait until Tokyo has a major earthquake and then see if there is a similar scene…
The FQ NC watch the Japan earthquake and applaud. Then when they see the disaster victims’ quick response and high characters, they are silent and pretend to ignore it. I want to say that the result of CCAV‘s daily serial dramas is very striking.
One more thing, people are paying more attention to Japan, but don’t forget that within the country Yunnan also had an earthquake. Everyone take a look at the earthquake magnitudes and the number of casualties.
The fenqing will tell you that no matter how civilized they appear on the outside, it cannot conceal the uncivilized nature of when they invaded China in the past.
I’ve always been curious how Japan developed such an orderly society.
And have always been anxious for when my own country can also be like this.
Social order in developed countries are all very good, where everyone is very aware and proactive. Look at America’s 911. This has nothing to do with training, it has everything to do with character.
Our behavior after the Wenchuan Earthquake wasn’t bad either!
More photos of the Japanese disaster:
Truly moved after seeing this, this is the difference [between us and them].
Reposted [from somewhere else]
My son is 2-years-old, attends a childcare center in Yokohama. The childcare center has a [web] camera, where one can use a mobile phone and the internet to immediately observe.
March 11, my mother-in-law checked on the grandson’s childcare center situation through the web camera on the internet, and saw the teachers surrounding the children in the center, time and time ago bending over using their bodies to protect the children.
At this time, my mother-in-law hadn’t yet learned that an 8.8 magnitude earthquake was happening in Japan, and thought they were yet again practicing disaster drills.
Afterward, the children were one by one picked up early [by parents].
A little after 17:00 [5:00pm], only my 2-year-old son and the teachers were left.
6 teachers surrounding my son, my son’s body covered with a blanket.
the teachers around him with blankets ready in their hands,
covering him the moment there was an earthquake [aftershock].
My mother-in-law thought this was interesting, and so took a screen shot of this scene.
Normally I pick up my son at 18:00 [6:00pm], but because traffic was paralyzed, by the time I walked 18 kilometers to the child care center, it was already 22:00 [10:00pm].
Throughout the entire time, the teachers were there constantly guarding over my son like this.
(At 19:00 [7:00pm], my mother-in-law learned that Japan had an earthquake, and watched [the childcare center's web camera] continuously online.)
Comments from KDS:
Moving, I admire this, really eye-opening. A country mired in disaster, using strength, rationality, and cultivation, winning the respect of the entire world.
This kind of people are worthy of respecting. When all the the buildings collapsed during the Wenchuan earthquake, not a single Japanese building collapsed. [It was] 9.0 magnitude!! It was just there wasn’t anything that could be done about the tsunami.
6 “Fan bu pao” teachers, protecting one 2-year-old Chinese child,
I feel really ashamed, because I still have a sense of shame. A paragon of virtue, one can well imagine what kind of students this kind of teacher would produce, one can well imagine what kind of people this kind of teacher would produce.
I thank these teachers. The glory of humanity is on display here. This photograph should become an eternal classic.
[During the 2008 Sichuan Earthquake, a teacher surnamed Fan became infamous for running away first and leaving behind his students and was nicknamed "Fan Pao Pao" (Fan run run or "Runner Fan"). "Fan bu pao" therefore refers to a teacher who doesn't run.]
Very great, very committed to one’s work.
I won’t say there aren’t these kind of teachers in China, but 6 of these kind of teachers beside a child at the same time…
A great country.
In the Heavenly Kingdom, not picking up on time is 5 kuai per hour.
Japan, Asia’s hope.
I also logged in just to ding this. China has this kind of individual, but what is worth admiring is this kind of mindset of theirs.
Even though I really dislike Little Japan
this kind of situation is indeed really admirable.
Little Japan has many many things worthy of us diligently learning from.
As for the Heavenly Kingdom, well… Let the leaders go first.
[Refers to a past incident in 1994 where hundreds of schoolchildren and teachers were killed in a theater fire because they were instructed to let the government officials escape first.]
In China, the teachers and leaders get away first.
This post indeed should be ding‘d, but I think even in China a teacher wouldn’t abandon a two-year-old child to flee themselves.
随便看看: (responding to 喜)
Japanese people have a sense of crisis, stress collectivism, submit to discipline, these are things we should learn.
The mess in China is too large, there is still a very long very long road ahead if we want to catch up to them.
Comments from Liba:
Those people who curse Japanese people to early deaths, how come they don’t consider just how far behind we [the Chinese] are compared to them [the Japanese]?
[Good, high] character is not something that is achieved instantly [meaning it requires education and cultivation over time].
Do these teachers not have any children at home or worries of their own? Continuously waiting until the very last child is smoothly handed over [to the parent]…
truly fills people with respect [towards them].
I really hope my child can meet such committed teachers. I commend them.
This is where the greatness of a people can be seen.
When everyone in a society believes protecting the women and children is a given, when it has nothing to do with being noble, that is when that society has become great.
Every individual’s social consciousness can contribute to making this country increasingly great.
Hope they can quickly make it through this disaster, and start their lives anew.
Hope no inharmonious, extreme, nationalistic voices will appear in this post. Wish the disaster victims the best, and together survive the hard times.
Although I dislike Japan, what cannot be denied is that they have so many areas that are better than us, and what more, are so much better. How could such a country not be great and powerful?
Why have so this many teachers stay to take care of just one child? To be more humane, they should allow the other teachers to go home to take care of their own children.
幸福的lydia: (responding to above)
Because as long as there is one child who hasn’t been picked up
work isn’t over for them.
Over there where they are there is something called trust.
Even though they give people the impression that they are a hypocritical people, it must be said that in the key moments, they are still very responsible.
A country in this moment that doesn’t descend into chaos and maintains order, truly a frightening but also awe-inspiring people/nation.
Frightening but also awe-inspiring. Personals @ chinaSMACK.