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It`s been a year since the March 11th incident. On this same day a year later, the Japanese held a memorial march in Shinjuku with candles, music and people singing. While we are in comfort with our family members and friends around us, we should be counting our blessings. We mustn`t forget this terrible natural disaster that robbed the homes and families of thousands. I remember following the NHK news daily for weeks, hours each day, seeing the fear written on their faces, seeing those that never had the chance to say goodbye to loved ones and the unknown of what`s going to happen next. But it`s the unity of the Japanese that I admire the most, they are unselfish and helped one another in such difficult times. Unlike some countries, donations and relief aids failed to reach the poor and needy, it just "somehow" dissolves "somewhere" along the higher hierachy. While in Japan during the incident, food store owners will open to anyone with free food even though they had limited supplies, they even apologize on how little they can offer. Some kind-hearted individual sent container load of fish to relief shelters after knowing that they didn`t have enough meat. Convenient stores like Family Mart made onigiri (rice balls) for distribution to shelters.
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