In Japan the academic year starts in April. Just in time for the cherry blossoms. I know this has been a tough year so far, with the earthquake, tsunami, and now the reactors which are over 100 km away from me. Based on the picture above, I want to say that no matter how bad things get, there will always be hope.
Like everyone else here, I will keep going and do my best teaching and researching.
Thank you, and good luck