When the RMS Titanic tragically sank on April 15 1912, with the loss of over 1,500 lives, Japanese civil servant Masabumi Hosono greatly disappointed the Japanese people. How so?

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Honor and duty are paramount in Japanese society. Japanese civil servant Masabumi Hosono had this brought home to him in 1912.

He was the only Japanese passenger on the Titanic, which tragically sank on April 15, with the loss of over 1,500 lives. Mr Hosono was among the 700 survivors.

Now, by and large, there was quiet rejoicing at those who were fortunate enough to survive this terrible sinking. But not so for Mr Hosono.

Back in Japan he was condemned as a coward for saving himself, and ostracised from Japanese society as a result. In short, the consensus view in Japan was that it would have been more honorable for Mr Hosono to have gone down with the ship.

Source: General Historical Texts

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