I have an admiring view of the Japanese people in the post war period. To understand why that is so one needs to explore deeply the work ethic that was a necessity for the economic recovery of the country. Yes we helped them but they also worked tirelessly to accomplish the recovery. I suggest a person take it year for year and compare the entire populations hours worked each day and compare it to what was worked in our country in those same years. The difference is reflected even today in how dedicated they are as a people to two things. Those things are a long work day and education. We would do good as a people to adopt some similar values, we could help ourselves and our children a great deal if we re-thought some things about how we use our leisure time and how hard we each work at what we do. Our economy has benefited from helping them. Trade as we do with Japan is a two way street of benefits, each trading partner is able to improve things in one way or another. As I know many people that have worked the factories in Michigan I know better than to blame everything on Japanese production. We had periods when our companies would not make a dependable car. We also had periods when they defied consumer needs for economic automobiles to try and sell the bigger and more luxurious. Over the many years there were many reasons the American population chose a foreign car. I, who sometimes had to suffer a lot to come up with the money for a new car bought a lemon with my hard earned money and that set me back about 10 years in trying to make up for the loss of money. I buy mostly American automobiles unless I cannot find one with good consumer reviews. What I bought in the 80's(an American brand) really killed the car budget for a lot of years. I have watched the news....those people affected by the tsunami and the nuclear leaks haven't complained that much but what they have done is gone to work....hard at work to recover. There are many things I don't understand about this different culture but their work-ethic and educational-ethic speaks loudly to me in their silent manner of moving to conquer the tasks at hand.