I, too, was in Japan during the earthquake. I lived there from December to April and met some of the most hospitable people in my life.
Normally I would shrug off comments like "they were overpopulated anyways" as meaningless trolls who probably have never left their home state or parents basement...but this kind of hit me hard. Humble does not even begin to describe the character of Japanese people.
Perhaps the biggest difference I saw was the Japanese media being shown everywhere was trying to keep people calm, construct and direct a recovery, and save lives. CNN, BBC, Fox, was just trying to capitalize on their suffering by continuously running stories about the nuclear scare. I can't explain in words how angry this made me. To see media outlets simply turning a blind eye to the suffering to talk about their wet dream of a word "nuclear". Not only did a lot of people lose their lives in this disaster, but the amount of people who lost almost everything was shocking. The Japanese people in Tohuku are extremely content with just a small amount of material things. They are so very different from us in the way we worship what people own and wish we owned more than we do. It's almost embarrassing seeing how happy these people are with practically nothing. Then you take that practically nothing away and it literally becomes nothing. Since Japan has a lot of small family businesses, these too were wiped out.
Hopefully everyone who said something negative about this can take a trip to Japan to experience what I am talking about. Hell I would be happy to show you some of the best snow in the world and all the lines I found in Hokkaido. After that you will probably want to kick your own ass so bad that I won't have to. If not, enjoy your shitty landfill hills and I will continue to promote Japan for its skiing and amazing culture.