I don’t mean any disrespect but I want to offer a healthy dose of skepticism. I truly believe there have been great acts of self-sacrifice and heroics during these catastrophic events in Japan.
But I strongly feel “Letter from Fukushima: A Vietnamese-Japanese Police Officer’s Account” has been fabricated. Some people on the Net like to create certain things just to see what affect they can have and get a certain satisfaction that something they created has gone viral on the Net. Or a certain website wants to draw more traffic to itself via this emotional device.
It is hard to blow the whistle on something like this because the message (self-sacrifice) is a good one, and the emotion the letter evokes is a positive one. Some people won’t accept it as a hoax since it is not asking for money or private information from the user, but as I mentioned there are people out there that “get off” on affecting the masses with some viral charade or whose underlying scheme is to gain more internet traffic to their website.
Here is why I think this is fabricated.
The written form is too novel like and doesn’t seem consistent or realistic to the written form of our current emails… and letters? Would “Ha Minh Thanh” take the time out and actually take pen to paper and then try to find a working post office or mail box in Fukushima?
Not to stereotype, but would a Vietnamese immigrant to Japan that is now employed as a police officer (is this even possible?) has such a prolific and poetic writing style?
Try looking up “Ha Minh Thanh – Vietnamese Japanese Police officer”. I tried doing some extensive searching, through various social networks and only came up with “his letter”.
I do want to believe this letter, I definitely buy into the way the Japanese people have responded to these disasters, I don’t need such a letter to convince me the Japanese people are very special and wonderful within our World. But I don’t want to be subjected to a hoax email whose ultimate attention is attention, with the aim at boosting someone’s website or to just satisfy one’s ego by witnessing its viral impact.