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From Atlas CEO Message

40.Two kind of Japanese exists.

I sometimes feel there are two kind of the so-called Japanese.

In 1980s, Japan is a nation of one single ethnicity, the deeper you penetrate into the Japanese society, the more you are aware of obvious difference between the two kind.

The one is quite open-minded. The members always respect each other and accept innovations, or something exciting for our lives without any hesitation. They love to hold festivals and praise Bacchus. This tribe prioritizes to maintain peace and try to evade any conflicts.

Another one is quite different from the former. Members of this tribe doesn't hesitate even to kill each other to secure their own interest. They never accept innovations, or something unfamiliar and reject whenever new ideas technologies come up. They really believe might is right. They love to maintain their rule over the society and kick out whenever outsiders come in.

From ancient times, the Japanese often encountered strangers who came over to the islands after having been defeated in other regions. The ancient Japanese were clever enough not to kick off theses foreign guests but to accept their customs and technologies in order to further develop the society.

This has been leading to the tendency that the Japanese love to accept something coming from foreigners, while rejecting their own inventions and innovations.

Let's take a simple example: When you, as a Japanese scientist, succeed to invent a brand new technology in Japan, it's hardly possible for you to get acceptance from the Japanese society. Of course, you can ask Japanese leading companies to check the authenticity of the technology but in vain.

They don't take care of it, simply because they didn't invent it by themselves. It's not the authenticity but genuine pride that matters. Instead of repeating this kind of trials, you should immediately ask your foreign partners to get assistance.

When your technology will be authorized by foreign institutions, you'll be also accepted in the Japanese society. That's it.

Getting back to Company A, the venture's CEO explained he now consider to collaborate with foreign eminent institutions such as the institute and the MIT. From the very beginning of the invention, they showed their willingness to get a technological breakthrough with Company A. Nevertheless, nobody could guarantee to call the technology “made in Japan”, after it would be just exported to overseas.

As long as Japan won't fall into default, the second Japanese tribe I mentioned keeps to dominate and never let innovations into the society. I myself try hard to prepare for the decisive moment to enable Next Japan to be dominated by the peaceful, original Japanese.

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