It never fails to amaze me that change always has to be the result of catastrophe. From Hurricane Katrina and the Indonesian Tsunami to the terrible disaster occurring in Japan, no government officials are ever held accountable with what only can be described as criminal negligence.
Rousseau’s treatise on the social contract suggests that “individuals unite into a society by a process of mutual consent, agreeing to abide by certain rules and to accept duties to protect one another from violence, fraud, or negligence” (Wikipedia). Hence, the existence of government and the No. 1 priority; protection of its citizens.
Sadly, this is happening less and less, to the point where government is compromising (and hence, forfeiting) the right to govern.
The question before the Japanese people is: Did your government fail to act in your best interests or was it compromised by self-interest? Why must it be accepted that this is “business as usual” and “the way things are done.” When did government stop including responsibility as a part of its makeup? Perhaps the Japanese people need to reexamine the character (or lack thereof) of its governing body and put systems in place that prevent this type of negligence from continuing to occur.