Monthly Archives: May 2015

NAGOYA: New Capital of Japan?

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Recently, everybody talks about possible big earthquakes in the very near future in Japan. A series of realities imply we would indeed face one: Grampuses suddenly approach to the Tokyo bay, and the Mt. Hakone continues to smolder. Remembering the tragedy on March 11, 2011, the day of the Great East Japan earthquake, everybody focuses on when and where the new one will happen.

One of the most important “hotspots” where such a bit earthquake would allegedly occur, is NAGOYA in the Tokai region. It has become almost a legend that the Japanese have been given a lecture in terms of the possible TOKAI earthquake by saying, “Be prepared, otherwise, the heart of Japanese industries would be totally destroyed.” Thanks to enthusiastic efforts of Japanese teachers and seismologists, no one doubts this region is most vulnerable to a historical earthquake, which would blow up even TOYOTA.

Having heard this story from me, a connoisseur in the US-Japanese intelligence community started to laugh himself limp and helpless and asked me, “Do you really believe such a story?”

According to his explanation, it’s not a natural disaster such as earthquake, but relocation of Japanese capital that matters. From the very beginning of successful economic recovery after the WWII in Japan, Japan has been instructed by US to take the worst scenario into account that her capital, Tokyo, would be totally destroyed for some reasons. If it would be realized, GOJ would automatically declare the city of NAGOYA as the new Japanese capital.

These days, Toru HASHIMOTO, Mayor of the city of OSAKA, was defeated in the last referendum by asking the voters whether they will accept to be emerged by the OSAKA prefecture. It was obvious that Mr. HASHIMOTO strategically aimed at relocation of the Japanese capital from TOKYO to OSAKA. Rejecting it in front of me, the connoisseur explains why HASHIMOTO’s dream never comes true: “The leadership in OSAKA simply believes OSAKA plus KYOTO, the ancient capital of Japan, shall replace TOKYO and begin to function as the new capital. Nevertheless, from the viewpoint of KYOTO, the local people don’t want to be connected to OSAKA, since the latter’s people are just different based on some historical, and politico-ethnic facts. “

Preparing for the “X-Day”, many infrastructure has been build up in the Tokai region. One of the typical examples is the “TOKAI-HOKURIKU Expressway.” In spite of being blamed for its uselessness, the expressway was constructed as it had been planned and even allegedly financed by TOYOTA. Why TOYOTA? He added: “The company isn’t just an automobile company but has been worked as a tap of money flow originated in the secret network of hidden asset in the Japanese postwar era. Take a look at the Fushimi Avenue in NAGOYA. Can you rationally explain why we need such a broad avenue with 10 lanes? Because a new capital will need it. That’s NAGOYA.”

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By the way, the Fushimi Avenue starts from the Atsuta-Jingu Shrine, one of the most important shrines in Japan, while it holds “KUSANAGINO MITSURUGI”, one of the Three Sacred Treasures of the Japanese imperial house. Once NAGOYA would become the capital, the shrine will begin to be declared as the most essential shrine. All the streets shall begin from there.

Well, dear readers, this is JAPAN, my mother country. The people on the street never get an opportunity to know the truth, even though they can remain happy because of their ignorance. Again, not OSAKA but NAGOYA would the new capital of Japan in emergency. Don’t be deceived.

What We All Need Is Tri-Sector Leadership!

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As I mentioned beforehand, I’m personally feel that Japan needs so-called “Tri-sector leadership”, which my friend in Toronto, Matthew Thomas, initiates. Just after having attended this year’s meeting of Trilateral Commission in Seoul, he got back to me online and asked me to take a look at a part of his transcript which is to be published by Oxford University Press. I’ve been beginning to read it through and give some thoughts to myself based on ideas Matthew tries to express in his new book.

Well, I strongly advocate this “Tri-sector leadership” in the Japanese society, since it’s obviously needed to innovate Japan towards the next phase in an effective way. The number of leading personalities is always limited and not enough to combat all the issues the globe faces. Those who are born-leaders and capable of leading the society should immediately try to go beyond borders of their own sectors.

Japan has been stuck since 1990s, even though so-called “power leaders” emerged one after another. From my viewpoint, these “power guys” were not leaders from various aspects as follows:

-These “power guys” since 1990s in Japan were originated from either politics or mass media and selected as such because of their harsh criticism vis-à-vis bureaucracy. They always love to blame the bureaucracy for collapse of the Japanese economy, even though they’ve been hunting for concessions in the Japanese political and economic structure after the WWII.

-The Japanese bureaucrats are per se terribly solution-oriented and capable of thinking in the long-term. What they are in lack of, is accountability to the civil society. For their understanding, the civil society consists of those who are excluded from elites’ world because of their ideological tendency. For them, the rest of the Japanese society can’t help just following their legislation and measures, because they are immensely “smart”.

-Nobody in Japan could exactly understand what “civil society “ should be, since almost all parts of her society totally depends on political and economic concessions made with legislation in the Diet by politicians, bureaucrats and leadership of big corporates. For the oppositions, there were only two ways to survive left: Either attack this iron triangle of Japanese power elites’ until the former would be socially eliminated. Or corporate with the latter secretly, even though they pretended as if they were real oppositions. Things was dramatically changed, when the East Japan Great Earthquake occurred in March 2011. The triangle of power elites’ paralyzed and even tried to escape from disasters while abandoning people on the street. Spontaneously, genuine “civil” leaders from various fields started to connect friends and colleagues with each other and to give disaster relief. In this regard, “2011” is the first year of civil society in Japan.

-Last but not least, we can’t forget the typical anti-authoritarian culture of Japanese entrepreneurs from the age of dot com bubble. Except for some successful young leaders of “new economy” such as Hiroshi MIKITANI of Rakuten, they are always described as “challenger to the previous regime” by Japanese mass media. To get more and more popular to make much more profits, they always love to attack the conventional power elites in Japan. After this phenomenon has reached a certain tolerable limit, one of these leading entrepreneurs was arrested and legally punished. His name is Takafumi Horie, so-called “HORIEMON”. Although they’re talented to lead the new economy online, they’re in lack of capability to show long-term visions and integrate those who think differently. Young generations in Japan, who are unconsciously excluded from legacy of Japan’s past with prosperity and happiness, aggressively support these entrepreneurs.

In short, there is unfortunately only a small room for the Japanese society to enjoy the “Tri-sector leadership”, as long as the status quo remains. What we Japanese need is two things: Feeling of destiny and synchronicity without selfishness, and a significant event which forces all the Japanese to become aware of that. Otherwise, they will continue to divide themselves and fight against each other without taking care of big and irreversible trends the globe faces.

At the dawn of this kind of “X-Day” in Japan, I will keep myself prepared for the moment of the truth. The day is approaching…

Why and How Did I Become a Flying Dutchman?

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There is indeed a plenty of people surrounding me in Japan, who are really well-educated. However, it’s really hard for me to find “the one” who can share my feeling, thoughts and ideas without any difficulties. I’m fully aware of the famous oracle made by neuro linguistic programming (NLP), which both biologically and psychologically points out every human brain has its own “map”. Nobody can understand someone else. Yes, I know it.

The higher your living standard becomes, the more difficulties you must have in this direction. When you successfully become entrepreneur and corporate owner, the difficulties is maximized. You feel then totally isolated from those who are surrounding you, and working/living very close to you. At this stage, you will finally make the decision to leave where you are for unknown future.

This is exactly why I myself became a “flying Dutchman”, when I chose Japanese diplomatic service as my first profession. When I was a student, I couldn’t help feeling frustration every day. Of course, it doesn’t mean I didn’t work hard to pass exams I faced. On the contrary, I did really my best and pass the entrance exam of Japanese diplomatic service at the age of 20. Nevertheless, the unsatisfied state in my mind never changed itself in the course of time. I made up my mind to flee to Berlin, the city of destruction and construction.

During my stay in Germany, I encountered works of Heidegger and C. G. Jung. The former, father of existentialism, taught me the origin of “born isolation” in human mind, which you’re never to change. The only way left for the humankind to survive is to live its life based on this unbudging fact. The latter gave me a lifesaver, while he wrote, “Only synchronicity makes you overcome such a born isolation as you have from the beginning of life.” To experience as many synchronicities as possible, I decided to leave what I had done beforehand and jumped into a gravity-free space called “entrepreneurship”.

On my voyage in this gravity-free space, I met a series of people who can share what I’ve written so far. They also feel totally isolated from others, therefore they are always frustrated and unsatisfied. By facing these people, I usually see the dawn of my own next step. The most important thing is, however, to keep a certain distance from these precious men and women for my life. It doesn’t matter how deeply and sincerely you admire and even love them. The point is it’s just ruled by nature that these synchronicity-oriented people are never to collaborate with each other, when they don’t keep distance from each other.

Once I realized this unwritten rule of the universe, I began to check whether those who get to know me also have the same knowledge and experience. Physically viewing, a lot of “people” is passing in our daily lives. Nevertheless, they can collaborate with me, because they aren’t unfortunately men or women of the synchronicity and just exist as they are. While leading my own private company, the up and down in my mind has been always brought about due to this phenomenon.

Sometimes, the Japanese on the street (particularly single women just before middle age) love to refer to how to cause “synchronicity”. By saying that, they just apply their own “rules” and “values” to others and decide whom they should meet or not (Just imagine “婚活 (struggle for marriage)“. They never realize this attitude of self- righteousness won’t connect them with synchronicity. Never ever. To the contrary, openness is the key in this regard.

Getting into the beginning of early summer in this year, I’m now feeling those who encountered me in both business and private life in Japan aren’t unfortunately the very persons of synchronicity in this mean. On the one hand, it’s really regrettable, but I can’t do anything against the fact at all. On the other hand, however, this indicated simultaneously I’m about to encounter next other persons who are then capable to share the synchronicity with me. From the latter half of May, I’ll pay a visit to Shanghai, Paris/Lyon, Kuala Lumpur and St. Petersburg.

At the dawn of what’s completely to change my own life and position in the human society, I just write down how I’ve felt so far. That’s why I became a flying Dutchman.

Welcome to Japan, the Gods and Goddesses’ Country!

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In Japan, a series of holidays called “Golden Week” has just begun. As a start-up, I usually worked even during holidays to give instructions my colleagues, however, a few years ago, I suddenly became aware of the fact that ordinary Japanese people don’t come up to the internet any more on weekends and holidays. Since my business partly depends on volatilities in web marketing, I totally changed my work style. Instead, I don’t “physically work”, but “psychologically work” on weekends and holidays, as I’m writing to you, dear readers, on my English weblog.

This time, I’m heading to the Izumo shrine in the Shimane prefecture. This is the third time for me to pay a short visit to there. Every time I step forward to the next phase of my life, I visit either the Izumo or Ise shrine. I don’t know why, however, I just feel I’m obliged to do so as a human being living in this country, Japan. Maybe, my foreign friends and colleagues can’t understand what I mean by saying such an odd thing. Because it’s beyond description and any logics of western styles, What I can tell you is only “Feel it and then go to pray at shrines”. It’s not logic but feeling that matters in depth of the Japanese spiritual culture.

Typical explanation on these leading shrines in Japan usually begins with the explanation on their origins which go back to two different tribes called “Izumo-tribe” and “Ise-tribe”. The former was conquered by the latter, while the former was symbolized with its peaceful and voluptuary way of life. Because the Ise tribe’s power obviously surpassed the Izumo’s, the Izumo’s was forced to move to other regions than where they had lived from the very beginning of its civilization. …At least, connoisseurs of the ancient time in Japan always love to tell us such a story.

All the things are to be made complicated from this point, to be honest. A wise man recently sent me a brochure and DVD with a message that not Izumo plus Ise but “Tokushima” that originated the Japanese ancient history. By saying, “All the ways actually began from Tokushima”, he and his colleagues argue mainly based on scientific study of the Japanese language that all the names of important shrines and districts in old Japan have been concentrated in Japan. This fact is said to be the very proof to say that the original Gods’ and Goddesses’ land was situated not in other regions but in Tokushima, where only few Japanese even travel to.

To wrap up, I just want to say Japan is really the country of enigma. Even though you get into her society and history deeper and deeper, you never get to her origin. Never ever. This is why other nations love and hate her, I know.