Had any other populous country suffered the 8.9 magnitude earthquake that shook Japan on Friday, tens of thousands of people might already be counted among the dead. So far, Japan’s death toll is in the hundreds, although it is certain to rise somewhat.
Over the years, Japan has spent billions of dollars developing the most advanced technology against earthquakes and tsunamis.
Thank science and engineering before anything else. Here's hoping that the loss of life in Japan in this horrific disaster is kept at a minimum.
Not only does government regulation matter in building codes, but it helps having a collective nurturing and resilient attitude as a nation too.