Japan was the future but it's stuck in the past

The so-called lost decade has now stretched to three. What went wrong, asks Rupert Wingfield-Hayes.

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Hasnain says:

“"This is such a beautiful place," I said to them. "I'm sure lots of people would love to live here. How would you feel if I brought my family to live here?"

The air in the room went still. The men looked at each other in silent embarrassment. Then one cleared his throat and spoke, with a worried look on his face: "Well, you would need to learn our way of life. It wouldn't be easy."

The village was on the path to extinction, yet the thought of it being invaded by "outsiders" was somehow worse.”

Posted on 2023-01-21T06:51:13+0000