Do you know the story of the Japanese who survived the Titanic? Did you know that he was criticized for surviving? In today's article we will talk about Masabumi Hosono and its long history.
Masabumi Hosono was the only Japanese on board the Titanic in 1912. He was 41 years old and worked as a civil servant in Japan. He was working in Russia and London, and was traveling on the Titanic as a second class passenger.
In the midst of despair, knowing that there was only one spot in the lifeboat, he ran and saved himself, thinking about the possibility of meeting with his family.
He saved himself in boat number 13 and was considered a lucky Japanese by the media. At first he was interviewed, he appeared in many magazines and books, but this sparked critical thinking in the minds of many Japanese: Why didn't he sacrifice himself to save others?
People started saying that Masabumi Hosono should have done as Benjamin Guggenheim, having sacrificed himself to give his place to a woman or child. Thus began a great social pressure from the media, people started to call him a coward, fearful, dishonest, immoral and others even said that he should have died.
This negative image ended up causing Masabumi Hosono to lose his job, to receive many hate messages, and to make his family suffer shame and embarrassment for decades.
Fortunately, he got a job on Japan's rail network, and died naturally in 1939. In 1997 at the launch of the Titanic film, the Japanese government granted Masabumi Hosono official pardon, bringing relief to the whole family.
Currently, the story of Masabumi Hosono brings embarrassment to Japan itself, for having cruelly treated a man who just wanted to see his wife and six children again.
Why did this happen?
At that time, the samurai's virtues were very evident, in addition to nationalism and patriotism. Society expected him to act with honor, courage, selflessness and sacrifice. For the Japanese the only thing he did was to survive at the expense of thousands of people who were unlucky.
The Japanese did not think about what it would be like if they were there. Even though they speak of honor and sacrifice, even though during the history of Japan thousands of samurai sacrificed themselves through the seppuku, or the kamizake during the second world war. If you were on the Titanic, would you sacrifice yourself for the life of another? Isn't it up to everyone to make that decision?