13 Mar '11, 10pm

The Japanese have proven to be a stoic people in the face of disaster

TOKYO - Japanese affected by the recent earthquake and tsunami have displayed a characteristic grace under fire, according to eye-witnesses. "What's amazing is that everyone I saw - cops on their white bicycles, boys reading comics in alleys, kids walking home with their parents - appeared graceful under this unexpected disaster," Tokyo resident Irie Otoko wrote to The New York Times. Before the aftershocks subsided, people were digging out survivors, marshalling core services and getting on with their lives, The Toronto Star reported. Maclean's Vancouver-based correspondent Nancy Macdonald, who was in Japan when the disaster struck, told the weekly news magazine: "I think if I were in Canada and North America [in similar circumstances] people would have been shouting 'Oh my God!' No one there was. People were very stoic. No one was making any kind of noise. This is a very...

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