AFTER TSUNAMI, JAPANESE TURN TO ANCIENT RITUALS
"They know about tectonic plates, geography, geology- they know why tsunamis happen."
On Monday, Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara startled may when he said, "The Japanese people must take advantage of this tsunami to wash away their selfish greed. I really do think this is divine punishment."
The governor soon apologize. But people were shocked, just because it seemed to blame the victims-but also because it is so at odds with the beliefs of modern-day Japanese.