6.22.2009

The Man Condemned for Surviving the Titanic Disaster


Read the story on Neatorama about Masabumi Hosono, the Japanese man who escaped the Titanic but was told by his countrymen that he should have gone down with the ship.

Hosono was denounced as a coward by Japanese newspapers and fired from his job with the Transportation Ministry. The ministry hired him back a few weeks later, but his career never recovered. College professors denounced him as immoral, and he was written up in Japanese textbooks as a man who had disgraced his country. There were even public calls for him to commit hara-kiri -ritual suicide - as means of saving face.

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