The real devastation from the March tsunami may be the opening it created for Japanese regressives.
Citing the Fukushima accident as an excuse, the Christian Science Monitor reports one Japanese official as saying,
We will make the reconstructed area a model for the rest of Japan. We will do everything we can to promote ‘smart cities’ and build a sustainable, low-carbon society in the region.
An NGO official chimed in with:
I think the government is probably planning some wind farms or seaweed biofuel projects. What we really need is to change our lifestyles and reduce energy consumption.
Commodore Perry started Japan on the path to development in 1853. Is it 158 years and out for the Japanese?