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Mar 20, 2011


Hi, YL

Yes, my German friends are friendly and are really concerned about Japan.

My statement might be too fierce against Germany. I'd like to add several words. I still like Germany, especially German people and I'll visit the country many times in the future.

The condition of Japan is not so bad as it is reported worldwide. I don't understand what the present Japanese Government wants to do.

Charles de Gaulle's famous statement - Les hommes peuvent avoir des amis, pas les hommes d'Etat (Men can have friends, statesmen cannot) - is even more true for governments. The German government, like all other governments, acts according to its perceived interests. The perception of a government may be wise, may be shortsighted, may be totally mistaken but never based on friendship or, sadly, even on ethics. Equally importantly, government policies seldom reflect the true sentiments of their own countrymen. If the German people itself had turned a cold shoulder to Japan, that would have been really disappointing—but that does not seem to be the case. Just visiting the German blogosphere gave me the opposite impression: I saw an outpouring of calls for support, to help, to donate. You might wish to peek in at a few German bulletin boards discussing Japan and I think you will feel a bit more warmly about Germans.

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