It's also in the Philippine where we had a ship that sunk killing 4000 people aboard (that's why for the well-read Filipino of a certain age, the 1500 of Titanic was, like, meh?), even more deaths than 9-11. And that ship was made in Japan.
So, for me, I don't agree with the sentimental backlash towards the building of the ship. The only issue is that as Musashi implied, the seaworthiness of the ship.