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Now there’s been some looting in Japan — UPDATE

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Folks, I knew that the lack of looting in Japan couldn’t go on forever . . . with so many people (over 400,000) lacking homes, 1.3 million with no water, hundreds of thousands without power . . . well, it was only a matter of time.

Ed Schultz reported tonight during his TV show at MSNBC that while there hasn’t been a lot of looting, there has actually been some.  He showed some video tape that hasn’t yet been posted as far as I can tell . . . I’m not the world’s most tech-savvy person, so if someone else has found it, please give me a shout-out and I’ll add it to this post . . . that definitely shows some Japanese people looting a store in a coastal area.

Granted, it’s been very, very little looting by the standards of Chile or, more graphically, Hurricane Katrina in the USA.  But there now has been some.

Written by Barb Caffrey

March 17, 2011 at 9:51 pm

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  1. Are they looting food, or big-screen TVs? There’s a huge difference, especially if most of the stores aren’t open yet.

    Jasini

    March 18, 2011 at 6:54 am

  2. at this time – there is no evidence that anything has been takeb other than supplies to survive. no big screen t.v.’s, no clothing racks, no liquor stores wiped out……ed schultz – what a complete moron.

    moish

    March 18, 2011 at 11:55 am

    • Oh, I agree with you, Moish. As I said to Betsy just now, it looks solely like what’s been taken is food and infant formula and maybe some clothes. Things I wouldn’t personally be upset about if I were anyone in Japan — it’s just for survival, not to cause trouble, that people are having to do things like this.

      Ed Schultz’s point, I think, wasn’t that the Japanese people have reacted the same way the Chileans did, or we did here in the US of A after Katrina (I’m using “we” in general, as I certainly wasn’t in Louisiana, I know Betsy wasn’t and I suspect you weren’t, either) — clearly, the Japanese people have been restrained and stoic compared to either of the previous examples used (by Schultz and others). It’s just that saying there’s not been _any_ looting is a misstatement as much as saying _everyone_ in New Orleans and Texas (the areas that were hit hard by Katrina and later, Hurricane Rita) were looting — neither are true statements.

      Yes, Schultz can be very overbearing, but I think his heart is in the right place. (I tend to think the same of many Republican pundits, too, like O’Reilly and Beck.) I think in this one case, where he showed many examples of the Japanese people who were coping with adversity admirably (I didn’t explain that as I was in a tearing hurry to update this blog), and then said there is _some_ looting in response to Glenn Beck’s contention that there wasn’t any and that maybe the Japanese people have something we lack (Beck may still be right about the last, mind you; they certainly are more dignified in a crisis than we tend to be) mostly is just something akin to an annotation of the record because he was irritated with Glenn Beck, _not_ because he’s irritated with the Japanese people. (Clearly, those folks in Japan are doing their level best.)

      Barb Caffrey

      March 18, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    • How is it not factual to say there’s been some — very, very small, granted — looting in Japan?

      They’re still to be commended; it’s remarkable what’s happened there, in a very good way. I am amazed so many people there have remained positive from every indication I can glean from the Midwest, USA. I wish them every good thing in the world and hope that the earthquakes will calm down. (There will be aftershocks for months. That’s just the way it works; I’m a former San Francisco resident and am aware of _some_ of this sort of thing though fortunately the worst earthquake I ever had to deal with was something in the 5.5 range. Still very scary but fortunately it didn’t damage much.)

      Barb Caffrey

      March 31, 2011 at 10:16 pm


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