The Japanese culture is all about honor, respect, and pride in their nation. As a society, they do what is right and best for the whole and needs of the individual come last. In contrast, we in America have the opposite attitude; the individual need comes before that of society as a whole.
As of 3/14/2011 at 8AM Central Time, newest reports show that nuclear site #1 and #3 have blown and a few hours ago, site #2 blew with a lot of radiation coming from it, and now #4 is on fire. To make matters worse, they are no longer able to pump water into #4 reactor.