Death of the Last Samurai: Rusted Blade - The Fall of Japan As an Industrial Superpower in Asia


 

A friend of my wife's had just stopped for lunch with her young daughter when the house began to shake. Nothing big. After all, this was Japan, so we were used to having such little tremors. All of that quickly changed when books, glasses, and electronics began to fly off the shelves. The girls are already scared. I didn't think it was a big deal until I saw the refrigerator slide down the kitchen and my 42-inch plasma TV fell upside down. In Houston, we had a big problem and my mother's nature was obviously upset! Time to go to the pantry with the kids.


Following the 9.0M earthquake and tsunami that followed Fukushima, killing more than 15,000 people and injuring more than 3,700 people while simultaneously destroying six nuclear reactors off the east coast of Japan and causing them to melt and melt; many foreigners pack immediately, leave the country and return to their homes abroad; leaves all the rest of the Japanese people with one remaining question: "What are we doing now?"


The answer came much faster than anyone expected and much easier than it really should have. The answer was; "Let's do what we always do."While this answer was positive in many respects about keeping the Japanese people calm, unwavering and loyal to each other in the face of a major natural disaster, the future implications of that response are what bother me now.


Japanese culture is a big part of a very simple society; simple definition "very intelligent but which can be driven by any purpose or goal in life". I call them a "flooded society". This is largely due to the general perception of society as a whole and the upbringing of children. The six general laws in Japan are; "Do not separate", "Do not shine" and "Do not want more than you can see around you - live within your means and live within your environment".


Even in a bustling city like Tokyo; full of parties, nightlife, lights, high fashion; a place where every important guy in town with a Mercedes-Benz and all the high school girls seem to have a Gucci bag (or other brand name); at the end of the day, these rules still apply to most people. Go home, sleep, and repeat the same procedure the next day. Japan is a very orderly and repetitive society. That's the way most people like you here - admittedly, it's not really that bad, unless you're one of those people who can see where this pattern will eventually lead to and the problems it will cause for future generations in Japan. .


Japan is an industrial country. Much of the island nation's economy is based on manufacturing, manufacturing, imports and exports. With a large amount of land and a large population, Japan has little to offer in the areas of natural resources other than those provided in coastal areas. For the past six decades or so, Japan has only survived in the production and production of advanced technologies abroad.


Here lies the cause of the cancer that will eventually kill Japan; transforming it from a once-powerful and immortal samurai with a shining metal and a bright future, into a broken and decaying shell of its original stem; holding on to the broken glass of rust that had long been dull.


Japan has six major diseases that are currently weakening the country and society as a whole. These weaknesses are:

The number of adults who do not really see the need to care about the future. This is because they are sure that they will die soon and therefore have no motive to change anything for future generations. They just want to keep everything as it is and move on to the next world. We will look at how this affects the world to a large extent in the next few phases.

Low birth rates due to financial stress, many Japanese couples do not try to have children until they are 30 - 35 years old. This is because for many future Japanese parents, the baby is not just as good as milk and diapers. The child also means "juku" (cram school) and college among other high costs many parents in various countries find themselves choosing because we fully intend to expel our children when they reach a certain age and force them to take care of themselves on a large scale.


In addition, the way Japanese middle-aged women work and are treated in their companies is a high point for physical and mental stress, which effectively prevents them from having children. Many Japanese girls will have their first miscarriage because their bodies cannot handle their first pregnancy. Their first pregnancy often prepares the second one to be successful. Japanese middle-aged men are similarly prone to depression. As a result, the Japanese workforce is slowly declining year by year and "skilled workers" are being offered to people over the age of 50 as working horses for "Japan's stable economy".


Although this is good to some degree, as the old saying goes; "You can't teach an old dog new tricks". The new tactics are exactly what Japan needs right now for the next phase.


Hierarchical Society - The foundation of Japan has not changed in the last 1,000 years. Everything from schools, companies and sports clubs still follows the "sempai" and "kouhai" framework (or rather Shogun, the keeper) in which total honesty, in addition to family obligations is often sworn to company, club or individual based on that. a logical explanation rather than "well, they have been doing it for a long time and we have been doing it for years, so it should be true".Because of this way of thinking, young people have new, new ideas that Japan needs to survive.

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