An Extraordinary Resilient People - As devastating as the footage of the March 11th Japanese earthquake and the tsunami looks we can all count our lucky stars that the earthquake was not 150 miles closer to Tokyo, else Japan's dead might number in the millions and the world economic recovery in big trouble. Prime Minister Naoto Kan calls it the worst crisis since World War II. Yet, horrendous as it is, it does not (thus far) compare with that. Between 1942 and 1945 Japan sustained 2 million military dead and a million civilian dead under U.S. carpet-bombing that reduced her great cities to smoldering rubble and Hiroshima and Nagasaki to atomic ash. Under the protection and help of the American Government, Japan rose to her feet, renounced war and reached an annual growth rate of 10 percent by the 1960s, by the 1980s she created an economy half as large as the U.S. and in many ways technologically superior. 60 years after the most devastating defeat in modern history, Japan boast one of the largest and most dynamic economy on earth. An extraordinary accomplishment of an extraordinary people. On this difficult and tragic time you can count on the Japanese people to unit as they always do to bury their dead and start the clean-up and rebuilding effort.