Japan from the inside out

Ichigen koji (269)

Posted by ampontan on Monday, December 24, 2012

– A person who has something to say about everything

The nations that flourish are those which do not emphasize the state, but understand the grammar of a globalized world, with its flow of exceptional people who can transcend borders, that which is necessary, and chic information. That is different from the past, when the great powers with their military forces competed to obtain colonies.

People in Japan often talk about becoming a “normal country”, but that is an old, out-of-date model. Japan was late to ride the wave of civilization with the Internet and globalization. It also has difficulty keeping up with the contemporary grammar of civilization that includes harmonious coexistence and networks. That means there is a danger Japan will recede farther and farther away from the path towards prosperity.

– Mogi Ken’ichiro, brain scientist, senior researcher at Sony Computer Science Laboratories, and multi-million-dollar tax cheat now prohibited from appearing on NHK-TV.

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