Society / Evolution

purchasing power, inflation,...





今回、「限界集落」の写真や日本の山村の写真を、欧州人の友人たちに見せた。「クール、クール(かっこいい!!)」と いう反応が返ってきた。こんな深山に寝袋を持っていってキャンプをしたい、訪ねてみたい、住んでみたいという。「はあーなるほどね」。

Money makes the world go round, world go round, world go round ... or Dirty cash

There is one interesting subject I was thinking of for a while now. At a first glance, one could say that the discussion around it could stay at a surface, and that there would not be much to say about. However, I will try to relate it with some deeper issues, in order to settle the field for discussion. Needless to say, I’ll appreciate very much your responsiveness.

Parks in Kyoto, in France, and in Luxembourg (in Japanese)

I was surprised to see poor parks and playgrounds in Kyoto with many warning signs, saying "It is forbidden to play ball games in bad manners, bothering others and neighbors.  The city of Kyoto."  You can see many parks are not so child friendly, but you can even feel something hostile toward kids.  I wondered where and how kids can play, learn, and grow in this hostile environment.  It is perhaps even unreasonable to pose the question “why do we have less and less kids in Japan?”  On the other hand, I find nicer gardens and parks, packed with kids, their guardians,



A Japanese "refugee" (in Japanese)

I have just returned from Japan. In Japan, I am a rather big, sturdy, and outspoken woman. In the U.S., I was seen to be a soft-spoken and small-sized woman. In France, I am back to a "normal" size. Having lived in different countries, I feel I belong to all countries. But, I will stay as a "foreign" person in each country. Going back and forth between Japan and France, I see good and bad things in both societies.



Castaways of Oblivion

Predisposed to the media images of overpopulation, traffic congestion, and glittery commercial centers, it is widely assumed that Japan has “too many people and too little land [1].” But these familiar images of overcrowded megalopolises are persistently maintained, so that they cut people off from an often forgotten fact. More than half (51.7%) of Japanese territory is classified as kaso areas, predominantly rural, underdeveloped, and largely afflicted by serious depopulation [2] (see the map below).

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