Society / Evolution

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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.

日本人「難民」

3日前、フランスに戻った。今回は関西に2週間、滞在した。昨年は3週間、帰国した。時差ボケ、文化ボケで過ごす一週間目、「あれはナンだったんだ」とヘマや混乱を分析する二週目、そしてやっと慣れたころに出国する日本。

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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