Today is five years since the major disaster in Tohoku. Still many people there are without livelihoods and proper housing. Many families continue to grieve the loss of their loved ones. There is frustration at the perceived snail pace of government support. But there is a silver lining. Adversity breeds growth, courage, and strength. Japanese people are wonderful at this. Challenges make us stronger inside. They bring out both the bad and the good within us. Remembering times like these strengthens our resolve to be concerned about the welfare of others, and when we have the opportunity to actually do something for others to move forward and act without hesitation. This brings meaning to our lives.” From the chairman of the Human Values Institute in Japan, Dr. Barry Kerzin