Japanese singer/artist Yoko Ono is convinced her homeland will recover from the devastation wreaked by the recent earthquake and tsunami, insisting: "We're going to make it."
John Lennon's widow, who now lives in New York City, was shocked to witness the heartbreaking scenes of destruction when a tidal wave slammed into Japan's east coast live on TV last month (Mar11) following a 9.0-magnitude earthquake offshore.
More than 13,000 people were killed in the horror, entire neighbourhoods were washed away, and several nuclear reactors exploded, sparking fears of a radiation catastrophe.
Tokyo-born Ono was moved to stage a benefit concert in aid of relief efforts last month - and she has now spoken out to praise her fellow countrymen's resilience in the face of unprecedented destruction.
In an interview with Spinner.com, she says, "It's my country - and I just got a shock. It doesn't compare with John dying, that was a big shock. But this is the second biggest shock of my life. This is like my hometown.
"You think it's never going to happen again. Japan made an incredible leap (after the A-bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of World War II) and the thing is, Japanese people are very resilient, very wise and they're all workaholics. They have an obsessive goodness about things to do it right.
"So you see that people are not spilling anger, you see that they are just sad. Nobody's being destructive; nobody's going into other people's house and taking things. They're a very sensitive people, and I think they're going to make it. I think we're going to make it."