Isn't this something that has struck someone else?
After the earthquake and tsunami, I have not seen any reporting on looting or price gauging in Japan. In fact, most of the reports I see are of Japanse patiently quing up for a ration of gas, stores handing out free food, neighbors helping eachother, and no fighting. Compare this to the major issues recently caused by natural disasters in the US, Haiti and Chile.
At the same time, Japan is a very non-religious nation according to Wikipedia.
There are of course a number of factors influencing why there is no public disorder in Japan, but to which extent do you believe the lack of religion plays? Can it potentially be used as evidence of non-religious people being more moral?
Just notice this myself.
A beauty of their cultulre, to be sure.
In a crisis you pull togheter.
Also, I heard reports that scams have gone up in Japan. People have profited of the fragile state that people are in and drained money from them.
The lack of looting and taking advantage of people is a result of the Japanese culture and probably has little if anything to do with the high number of non-religious people in Japan.
- Japan has historically and culturally been isolated from the rest of the outside world. This has resulted in the Japanese being very proud and protective of their culture. One who is not born to Japanese parents with Japanese citizenship cannot gain citizenship in Japan except under very rare circumstances. Japan does not welcome foreigners it keeps them at bay. Some have even referred to the Japanese as xenophobic and racist.
- Japanese culture prefers social harmony and consensus versus conflict. Students in Japan are not encouraged to share or discuss their own ideas about historical or even current issues in school or at home. A friend of mine who lives in Japan while in a Japanese high school noticed a complete lack of class discussion in the classrooms especially in social science classrooms ... in the US and Europe and I'm sure in many other places in social science classes discussion is typically encouraged and often a part of the students grades.
- Japanese culture prefers collectivism over individualism. In western cultures a large distinction is made between an individual and the group. In Japan there is more fluidity between the idea of the individual verses the idea of the group.
- Japanese culture prefers loyalty and respect toward authority figures (parents, teachers, government) versus dissent. This loyalty has in the recent past been extreme (think WWII suicide pilots). Teachers in much of Japan are still allowed to use more physical forms of punishment ... A friend of mine who lives in Japan has a funny story about a teacher that she worked with who stuck a pencil up a student's nose after the student poked his teacher's butt with the pencil as some sort of weird joke. In the US you'd have a lawsuit against that teacher, in Japan that would be laughable.
- Japanese Culture maintains the idea of family honor. You will be shunned or shamed if you do not live up to your families expectations of you.