The rest of the world may now think of Japan as the land of the setting, not the rising, sun. But the Japanese would like to point out that they’re not dead yet.
The Japan Times penned an eloquent editorial arguing that outsiders focus too closely at the country’s “obvious” weaknesses – astronomical debt, moribund economy, high suicide rates and aging populace.
What they miss is the strength of Japan. For all its ills, “Japan has not exhibited the large scale of suffering that can be seen in American [sic] and Europe….”
Japan has avoided the U.S.’s ongoing housing crisis and Europe’s riots over government austerity measures. Its infrastructure is in great shape, in contrast with the U.S., and its cities are “lively” and “vibrant.”
Most important, government and companies, despite some shocking failings, continue to practice the things that made Japan so important on the world stage.
“Japan’s successes come from careful long-range planning, a willingness to engage in social negotiations, and a less self-centered view of the world than there is in the West.” The Times wrote.
Japan has problems, no question. But don’t write off the country just yet.
Read The Japan Times’ recipe for fixing Japan and tell us what you think.