The story “Preventive step led to Hokkaido blackout” in the Sept. 23 edition confirms my observation about Japan for the past three decades: learn and improve fast from past experiences.

We should recognize that the government through a third-party committee did the initial postmortem in a very speedy mode (within two weeks) after the tragic incident occurred. The cause was identified mainly as the failure of emergency procedures after the Sept. 6 earthquake. Then preventive measures were proposed.

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