Office worker, 29 (Japanese)
Young people have become more aware of government. They no longer keep their opinions to themselves and have found a voice through demonstrations, etc. Small communities have become vocal.
Musician, 25 (French/Filipino)
Japan seems to have become more compassionate and open to international relations due to the large number of foreign volunteers. The world in turn can now see Japan’s solidarity and strength.
Contract worker, 31 (Japanese)
People are more aware of the environment around them. Due to the power outages last year, they are more careful about not wasting electricity. We are also more prepared for future emergencies.
Mechanical engineer, 28 (American)
I live in Osaka. Despite being on a different grid, the people of Osaka still saved power. They did this as a sign of empathy and unity with the east. There has been a sense of togetherness since last March.
Songwriter, 31 (Japanese)
We’ve changed the way we view the world in front of us, especially with regards to family and friends. We appreciate how easily things can be lost and so have rediscovered their real value to us.
Self-employed, 29 (Japanese)
People’s attitude to life has changed. Whereas before they led a “safe” existence and procrastinated, now people seem more likely to chase their goals today and not wait until tomorrow.
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