The headline you won’t be reading: “Millions saved in Japan by good engineering and government building codes”. But it’s the truth.
The loss of life in Japan is tragic, but it would have been far worse without good engineering.
Update: As Tim points out in the comments below,The New York Times did publish a story headlined Japan’s Strict Building Codes Saved Lives. This is to be commended since it’s natural to only see the people who died and not the people who did not. Along these lines, I wonder how many people did not die mining coal to generate the electricity that nuclear power has provided Japan.