You can't live in Japan if you are afraid of earthquakes!

The following is from Masayuki Takayama's book "Newspapers Lie Like Bigots," published on 12/15/2022.
This paper also proves that he is the one and only journalist in the postwar world.
A long time ago, an elderly female professor of the Royal Ballet School of Monaco, highly respected by prima ballerinas worldwide, visited Japan.
At that time, she spoke about the significance of an artist's existence.
She said, "Artists are important because they are the only ones who can shed light on hidden, concealed truths and express them."
No one would dispute her words.
It is no exaggeration to say that Masayuki Takayama is not only the one and only journalist in the postwar world but also the one and only artist in the postwar world.
On the other hand, Ōe, I don't want to speak ill of the deceased, but (to follow Masayuki Takayama's example below), Murakami and many others who call themselves writers or think of themselves as artists are not even worthy of the name of artists.
They have only expressed the lies the Asahi Shimbun and others created rather than shedding light on hidden truths and telling them.
Their existence is not limited to Japan but is the same in other countries worldwide.
In other words, there are only a few true artists.
This paper is another excellent proof that I am right when I say that no one in the world today deserves the Nobel Prize in Literature more than Masayuki Takayama.
It is a must-read not only for the people of Japan but for people all over the world.

You can't live in Japan if you are afraid of earthquakes!
When I was a reporter for the local news section, I received a report that flash floods had hit a village in Tanzawa, killing quite a few people. 
My desk told me to go, so I arranged for a Toyota Land Cruiser, which could withstand rough roads, and a Motorola wireless phone the size of a tangerine box, and off I went.
It was in the days when there was no such thing as Docomo. 
However, the 10-kilometer mountain road from the foot of the mountain to the site had collapsed in several places due to the torrent of the Nakagawa River, which had caused flash floods. 
We gave up on the car and walked.
We crossed the collapsed sections of the mountain road by hanging onto the ropes the Self-Defense Force rangers set up. 
The muddy river howled below us.
We were later told that the earth was shaking as rocks as large as a hundred feet tumbled to the bottom of the river. 
We often see the bridge girders buried under bare trees after floods.
The tree actually had leaves, branches, and bark until just a few minutes ago.
They were swallowed by the muddy water and washed bare in an instant by these rolling rocks. 
When we could no longer walk a single step, we finally arrived at the village.
The rain had stopped.
Along the road were rows of houses with deep eaves, and the green hedges and flowers of the houses were bathed in bright sunlight. 
The scenery of Japan, which Bruno Taut described as "so beautiful it makes you want to cry," spread out before us. 
The end of the road was gouged across in one place.
The flash flood had swallowed several houses on both sides of the road and plunged them into the torrent. 
The damage was only to that one street.
The next door and the one on the other side were unharmed.
Self-defense personnel were working on the gouged-out area.
Beside them was a porch with tea and oshinko (Japanese pickles), and some women held rice balls to thank them for their labor. 
One of the victims' relatives offered us rice balls, saying, "Thank you for your hard work." 
It was the first time I visited a disaster-stricken area and received food from the survivors. 
The expression on her face was very calm as she told us that her house was saved just one street over. 
The "Chronicle of Admiral Perri's Japanese Expedition" tells of the Ansei Earthquake, which killed 30,000 people, "Yet they were not discouraged, did not weep over their misfortune, and did not become intimidated, but immediately set to work." 
During the Great Fire of Ginza in the early Meiji period, American Clara Whitney recorded that those who were burnt out "laughed with gaiety and helped each other, as if they were one big family. 
It overlaps with the image of the Japanese people she saw deep in the mountains of Tanzawa. 
Where did they come from?
Edward Morse, who discovered the Omori shell mound, admired Japan's natural beauty but wrote, "Japan is the most dangerous country on earth, with earthquakes, tsunamis, typhoons, volcanic eruptions, and great floods. 
Regarding the people living in such a dangerous country, Swiss Minister Aimé Humbert-Droz, the Swiss ambassador to Japan at about the same time as Morse, noted that the first thing children learn about such a dangerous country is iroha-uta, a Japanese folk song. 
Even the blossoming flowers [Colors are fragrant, but they]
Will eventually scatter
Who in our world
Shall it always be?  
He concludes that "Japanese people have no complaints about life's hardships and deprivations, and even death is given a fatalistic character and seen as a trivial, mundane event in their daily lives. Even death is given a fatalistic character and seen as a trivial matter of ordinary daily life." 
According to Kunio Yanagida's collection of stories, Japanese deities are only sometimes found in shrines.
When there is a festival, they return on the eve of the festival.
The sacred trees and onbashira are landmarks, so the gods stay aware. 
However, it is forbidden to see the gods cross over, and anyone who does so is believed to die within a year.
In the collection of tales, people are depicted breaking this prohibition and standing before the shrine. 
They will die within a year to not cause their families trouble due to old age or illness.
It is also in line with the Japanese view of life and death, as described by Humbert. 
The government has made some changes to the system in response to the fact that Japan is about to run out of money to pay for the medical care of older people.
The government has slightly changed the system, asking patients to pay 100 yen per hospital visit. 
Then, an elderly man who the Asahi Shimbun newspaper had browbeaten barked, "Do you want me to die?
In the old days, it was unthinkable for people to take advantage of others. 
On 3/11, people became a "big family" and helped each other, but Asahi excluded only TEPCO from the family.
The Asahi tickles us with the notion that it is better to beg for compensation money than to think about the impermanence of the situation. 
What would Asahi do now if an earthquake were to occur?
They say we don't need nuclear power plants anymore.  
If you're that scared of earthquakes, get out of Japan.
(August 2, 2012 issue)