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Sometimes good things come from bad events. People who truly know what happened in the Great East Japan Earthquake, the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake and other disasters that impacted Japan this year will attest to this. It may not be readily apparent in the aftermath of a traumatic event, but given time, it becomes a truism.

I believe, or at least hope, the recent Typhoon No. 21, known internationally as Typhoon Jebi, will be one of those events where some good will come from something bad. But it can not simply be a matter of seeing the silver lining. The silver lining has to be made, fixed and improved upon from time to time.

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