Yookoso!

For the time being Japan is submerge in a tsunami-like crisis, maybe the worse since the second world war. But although Japan’s technology dominance and wealth were badly wounded on March 2011, the current crisis is unlikely to be its sepulchre. Crisis is the word of the moment in Japan. But particularly the international media says that this economic crisis will bury Japan and wipe its second to none economic power, unless they do what other countries do, ‘surrender total control of the country to the government.’ Countless times these media gurus have knock Japan out of the ring. Some even say that Japan losing the II WW is child's play compare to what they face now. But lets consider some negatives, the crisis is not generated in Japan, the crisis is not because they do things wrong, the crisis is not because Japan's international image is taint. Now some positives, Japan's companies are among the best managed in the world, Japanese products enjoy better than ever reputation--cars, machinery, manga(cartoons), fruits, vegetables, sushi(raw fish), etc., are among the most solicited Japanese goods. Japan's employees are highly productive, enjoy better work benefits and environment than most countries, and relation employeremployee is among the better in the world. Yes, a fact is that this damn crisis surprised Japan. A fact is that Japan can't dream to scape from the devastating effects of the crisis, regardless of the crisis origin. Yet another fact is that while the Japanese were distracted creating top-qualityfor-use-only-in-Japan products like mobile phones, car navigation systems, robots, digital cameras, PDAs, diseases cures, etc. -and neglecting globalisationothers were busy creating use-anywhere products. Others thought global. >> A Japanese pees on a public parking lot in central Tokyo. A foreigner man sees him, and after the Japanese finishes the foreigner confronts him: - "How come Japanese pees anywhere, and don't wash their hands after ?" The Japanese smiles and answers: - "Japanese don't pee on hands." >> All Crisis are different. This one, with tsunami power, is certainly the most devastating in modern times, and there is no easy solution. So, what Japan will do ? Will Japan do what many countries do? Surrender

control to the government, be afraid, hide from reality, pray for god's help, stay still, think that even a small move will be fatal for recovery, give huge amount of money to banks and other big firms, or wait for the crisis to just go away? I hate long questions. Now, cut investment, reduce production, suspend new projects, curtail innovation, and give no credits are steps that Japan may have to implement. But they are not doing it now. And that is why the media says Japan is doom. Those who think to know the answer insist to give full power to politicians. Bad idea. Even with a wrong-size government, -most government institutions are small but efficient- Japan has never fail its national and international obligations to help the poor, assist those in need, care for the elder, promote better ways of doing things, respect private property, human rights, etc. So, there is no reason why the government should go from cup A to cup B. The international community also concords that to vanquish the crisis requires: hard working people, innovation, excel quality, responsibility, trust, financial equilibrium, respect for private property, good management, democracy, and modernity that protects tradition. And Japan has all of the above. Some have Japan’s tombstone marked, but surely Japan’s corpse will not be in that sepulchre.

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