On March 11, a magnitude 8.9 earthquake slammed Japan’s northeastern coast Friday, unleashing a tsunami that swept boats, cars, buildings and tons of debris miles inland. Death toll estimates have been as high as 10,000, and there were reports of several injuries in Tokyo, hundreds of miles away, where buildings shook violently through the main quake and the wave of massive aftershocks that followed. Thousands of people are still missing and the death toll is still rising.
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The opinions voiced in the interview below in now way represent the opinion of the Saint Paul American school or any other organization affiliated with it. These are opinions of individuals, and if there is any dissatisfaction with the opinions voiced, please be advised to take up your matter with the person in question.  
 
Jin: So, what are your thoughts concerning the disaster in Japan?
Rebecca:  I pity them. I sympathasize with them. I believe this is part of the buildup that will lead to 2012.  

Jin:  What do you think about the problems that Japan is facing right now?
Steve ( Chemistry Teacher ): It is a tragic case. It is inspiring though to see the work of the rescue workers. I also donated money to the Japanese people in need of help.
Jin: What would you do if you were in Japan when the earthquake occurred?
Steve: I would find a doorway and place myself in it.
Jin: Why a doorway?
Steve: Doorframes are probably one of the most stable parts of a building.  

Jin: What do you think about the earthquake in Japan?
Simon:  It is bad because it destroyed a part of the world and killed many people and released radiation.
Jin: What would you do if you were in Japan when the earthquake took place?
Simon: I would call the police. 

Jin: What do you think about what has happened in Japan?
Grace: First, it is no-one’s fault. It is all very sad. In Japan, many foreigners died or were injured. This shows how the whole world was affected.  I think that despite what has happened, Japan can rise up and become good again.
Jin: What would you do if you were in the Japanese government?
Grace: I would go to the places affected and give hope to the discouraged people. I would also donate money.  

Jin: What would you do if you could help the people in Japan?
Ben ( music teacher ): I would help out as much as possible.
What would you do if you were in Japan when the tsunami hit?
Ben: I would get to a roof as quickly as I could.
Jin: What do you think about the government’s response to the disaster?
Ben: I think the government is doing a good job getting the army going to help people. I think it is important that they get communications working in the places hit and supplies to the places hit.  

Jin: What would you do if you were in Japan?
Ken: I don’t know.  

Jin: How would you feel if you were in Japan and survived and what would you do?
Dominique: I would feel bad if I survived and others didn’t. I would first find international news agencies and ask for help.  

Jin: What do you think about the situation in Japan?
Angela: I think is is very sad and bad.  

Jin: What would you do if you were in a position to help Japan?
Brent: I would gather as much money as I could and use it to help the Japanese people. 

Jin: What do you think about the Japan affair?
Eric: I feel very sad. I think we should help each other and the people affected by the earthquake. I think the radioactivity is quite serious.

Jin: What would you do if you were in Japan?
Eric: I might cry. However, I think the problem can be solved step by step.

 



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