It wasn't about corporate facts. It was the way that the Japanese are taught - from earliest childhood - to understand society and their place in it. As he explained, once you understood that, everything else - every decision made - flowed from there.
The logic, he explained to me, was that maintaining, protecting and building the society was always foremost - and that everything from the corporations' to individuals' life decisions were not only secondary, but specifically designed to always support the level above and, as a result, always support the societal goals.
That's why, even though we're not hearing as much about the aftermath of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami - and will hear even less over time - we should not be surprised at the speed at which the country recovers from this devastating experience.
Japan and its people know what their real responsibility is: To support each other and a greater good that is Japanese society.
I, like others, continue to send my thoughts and prayers to everyone - both in Japan and out - who are affected by this tragedy.
But, my money remains on Japan. I know that country and I know that they will rise like a phoenix from these ashes. Just as they have in the past.