Dear Highway Department,
I’ve lived in Japan three different times and have developed a great admiration for the people of that country. They are innovative, energetic, and enterprising workers. But I’ve never considered them to be all that different from Americans. I certainly never would have considered them to be superhumanly productive.
So how do you explain the picture below?
On March 11 the biggest earthquake in the country’s history shook Japan. Six days later construction workers and engineers arrived at the Great Kanto Highway in Naka, which had a 150 meter crater-like crack. By March 23 the road was completely fixed.
My question for you, Highway Department, is why are the Japanese able to fix a 150-meter crack in six days while you can’t fix a 15 inch pothole in six months?