One of the concerns people have, who live around nuclear facilities in this country, is the fear of a melt-down. Even though experts assure us that our sites have been upgraded and are different than the Japanese reactors, people still harbor fears of facing a radiation leakage into the population.
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.