There’s a new video from Russia that’s moving the world to tears, just with its simple content: random acts of human kindness. Using the same car dashboard cameras that brought images of a falling meteor to the world, it shows Russian drivers helping out animals, pedestrians and fellow drivers in a manner that defies traditional stereotypes and puts many of us to shame.

We’re happy to report that the video has reached Japan, and it’s wielding its magic over viewers here as well. Given the tense relationship between Russia and Japan, locked in a territorial dispute and still technically at war, having never signed a peace treaty after World War II, it’s nice to see that people in Japan are responding to the kindness in the video and rethinking the old stereotypes. View the full video and see what the Japanese have to say about it, after the break.

Comments about the video have come from people all around the world:

“I didn’t believe in humanity until I saw this video. It brought hope” (Finland)

“This video made me wanna be a Russian. Congratulations Russia you have not males but men!” (Kuwait)

“This is the start of World Peace. Thank you very much for lifting our spirits” (Uruguay)

“Wow I didn’t realize a lot of Russians were such helpful people” (India)

“In the Western world the stereotype is that Russians are cold brutes so it’s nice to see this video” (Canada)


People in Japan have been equally affected:

“This is great. My view of Russians has changed”

“Russia, you’re beautiful”

“I want to be like them”

“After watching them, it made me feel strongly that I want to do what they do too”

“I’m crying!”

“I have a better opinion of Russians now”

Take a look at the video that’s changing the way people see the world. Make sure there’s a box of tissues nearby!

It’s amazing that simple acts of human kindness can bring so many people to tears. United in the emotion from the video, the responses from around the world serve to remind us that we laugh the same, we bleed the same and we cry the same. No matter the colour of our skin or the nationality on our passport.
[ Read in Japanese ]